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.
Having been a constant reader for the last four years, of the best publication on horticulture in the U. S., the Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste, and having received more knowledge and real pleasure in the perusal than in reading any other work, I take the liberty to ask a few questions. Last fall I set $250 worth of pear trees. I am satisfied that mulching is one of the greatest securities for the life of new set trees. Will you tell me if there is danger in mulching with refuse tan-bark from the tan-yard? If not, how thick ought it to be round the tree? I have read your articles recommending tan-bark for grapes, but I have not applied it to young trees without vour advice.
Last fall soon after the fruit dropped, I removed three pear trees from ten inches to eighteen inches in diameter; it took sixteen cattle to move the large one. My neighbors said it could not be done, and now they are moved they say they will not live. I have already proved them half wrong, and this summer I intend proving the other half. If they live I will tell you; if they die, I shall keep perfectly quiet about it, and when I want to move big trees again, wait till winter and freeze a ball of earth round the roots. I much regret the silence of some of your old correspondents. Has some Gil Blas told Jeffries he begins to flag, or what is the matter? I intend writing a series of articles against the selfishness of mankind In genera] and Jefferies in particular, if we dont hear from him in the next number. Respectfully yours, A. A. F. Granite Lodge, Brookline, Mate., March 17,1851.
[Old tan-bark - that has been exposed for a year to the weather is a good mulcher, and will do your trees no harm. Bark fresh from the tan-vats may. We hope Jeffries will feel himself called out again by the force of public opinion. Ed.]