We are indebted to Mr. Charles Mason for a package of seeds from the Patent Office.

Geo. C. Thorburn, of Newark, N. J., sends us his large catalogue of the best new Dahlias, Fuchsias,Verbenas, Petunias, Antirrhinums, Scarlet Geraniums, Chrysanthemums, etc There is a world of beauty concealed in those three enormous pages; those who will read his advertisement will not fail to be struck by his collection. An article on Fuchsias, in this number, will make many desire to possess the new varieties.

Thorburn's Descriptive Catalogues, for 1856, are comprehensive; in flower-seeds it would seem that every taste may be suited.

Nicholson & Son, at East Rockport, Ohio, issue a good Catalogue from their Lake Erie Nursery, principally of dahlias, fuchsias, roses, and bedding-out plants.

Patent Office Seed #1

We learn that no more seed (at least for the present) will be issued from the Patent Office. We hope that this condition of things will continue until a wiser policy is adopted than that which has heretofore marked the distribution of seed by the government at Washington.

Patent Office Seed #2

A good deal has been said about the distribution of seeds by the Patent Office. The mode in which it is done invites criticism. It is hit off in the following humorous manner by a correspondent of the Gardener's Monthly, who signs himself "Querist".

" I was in hopes that some one of your numerous correspondents would have taken up the cudgel against II. A. D., who, in my estimation, deserves all the odium the blackest ink could lay on his shoulders. So far from the distribution of Patent Office seeds being an evil of which the community should complain, I regard it as showing the beneficent generosity of our government, and is an illustrious example of what foreign governments should do, if they really had the good of their subjects at heart. I received this year for my garden, without cost-ing me one cent, all the vegetable seeds necessary for my family use, through the favor of our member of Congress, who was under some obligation to me for my vote; (next year my neighbor, who votes the other ticket, expects to get his garden supplied in the same way. I don't think so.) Among these seeds I had extra early peas, turnip beets, radishes, pumpkins, etc., all from a stock bought, according to a Washington paper, by the government from a Philadelphia seedsman, (who, the same papers had previously stated, worked hard to get Mr. Newton into the Agricultural Division of the Patent Office,) for $11,500.

"How does this operation work to the injury of the seed trade, or the nation, as II. A. D. would have us to believe? By the reception of these seeds I am en-couraged to persevere in horticultural pursuits, and the nation at large is indirectly benefited by the increased energy.

"Now in my estimation, the great fault with the system is that it is not comprehensive enough. The government stops at the very threshold of usefulness, when it makes a few peas and pumpkins, at a miserable expenditure of $30,000 per annum for seeds, $500,000 for postage, and another $500,000 for incidentals connected with the department, the only object of free distribution. It has been shown in the Gardener's Monthly that cheap glass structures are likely to be of immense value to the nation, in the increased and certain production of fruit; and the government should feel it a sacred duty to foster the infant improvement, by a liberal distribution, all over our broad country, of glass, putty, and paint. The importation of improved bulls, and the free distribution of other popular breeds of cattle, should also be attended to, not forgetting pigs, which would have an immense influence on the popular votes in many districts, and be one of the best means of securing the right men for the right places.

One true source of national greatness and prosperity.

"I might pursue this subject to infinity, but have, I trust, said enough to utterly demolish the flimsy arguments of II. A. D., who seems foolishly to suppose that seedsmen have the same right to the consideration of their business from the government that other tradesmen have".

The Editor adds in the same strain:

"Our correspondent is evidently a man of genius, and exhibits a mind that deserves to rank with the most progressive of the age. The suggestion will, no doubt, be acted on by Congress immediately, and - 'who speaks first?' - enter- prising horticulturist should send their orders for 'paints, pigs, putty, and glass,' to their congressional representatives at once, or the appropriation may be exhausted".