This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Semi-annual exhibition, to be held at Metropolitan Halt, Broadway, on Wcdne*lay, Thursday, and Friday, June 0th, l0th, and 11th. 1852.
The first semi-annual exhibition of this Society took place at Metropolitan Hall, June 9.10, and 11. A hasty tance at the exhibition, the first day, enabled as to see that was by far the best of the kind for many years in New-York, and we argue good results from it for the future success of the society. The display of plants in pots was particularly good - the geraniums and Verbenas being well grown. The "observed of all observers," was the Victoria regia, specimens scut by Mr. Cope of Philadelphia, and admirably displayed in a large tank or basin of water occupying the centre of the exhibition room. Its gigantic size was finely set off by comparison with the lovely white water lily of our ponds, in full bloom, in the same tank.
We had hoped to receive a full account of the show from the Secretary - but it has not reached us in lime for this number. The attendance of visitors was very large and the exhibition went off with most encouraging eclat.
At a regular meeting of the New York Horticultural Society, held at Stuyvesant Institute, August 2, 1852, after some appropriate remarks by Mr. Petes B. Mead, on Mr. Down-ing's melancholy fate, a committee appointed for that purpose reported the following Preamble and Resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, This Society, by a melancholy casualty, has been suddenly deprived of a valuable and esteemed member;
And whereas, It becomes our duty to pay a proper tribute to the memory of one whose services in the cause of Horticulture have given him a lasting claim to our gratitude;
Be it therefore Resolved, That in the sudden death of our late associate, A. J. Downing, Esq., we recognize the hand of an overruling Providence, and that we deeply deplore the loss sustained by his family, by his calamitous death, and hereby tender our sympathies to them in their affliction.
Be it further Resolved, That, in common with all who take pleasure in horticultural pursuits, we feel that we nave sustained no common loss in the death of one so eminent in his profession, and whose labors in Rural Architecture and Landscape Gardening, will remain as enduring monuments of his judgment and taste.
On motion, it was Resolved, That the Corresponing Secretary be requested to forward these Resolutions to Mrs. Downing, and also furnish copies of the. same for publication in the Horticultural Magazines.