With this number closes the year of 1866 - a year, perhaps, of more promise and disappointment than usual; but while we have had, comparatively, a small crop of fruits, yet in many sections they have been better than usual, and we are now commencing winter with all our wood of grape, pear, etc., perfectly matured, and consequently the tree or plant in good condition to endure changes of extremes in temperature, should they come.

Before making my monthly comment on the productions of your correspondents, permit me to say that, although I have monthly read their writings, yet I am, like all mankind, a little forgetful, and not until I opened this number to your list of correspondents did I realize how strong a body-guard you had. Without designing to flatter you or them, I think I may say no magazine has a more truthful as well as practical list of writers.

Nearly all are conversant in practice with the subjects of which they write, and such writings are just what the country wants, rather than the compilations, readable though they may be, of office authors.