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.
Albany, May 30,1857.
In pursuance of previous appointment, the Executive Committee of the National Society met in this city last evening. The use of the rooms of the New York State Agricultural Society having been kindly tendered, the Board were called to order at half-past T P. M. Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, of Massachusetts, President of the Society, assumed the chair. On motion of His Excellency Gov. King, Mr. Olcott, of the Implement Committee, was appointed Secretary of the meeting.
Hon. Frederick Smyth, of New Hampshire, moved that Col. B. P. Johnson, Secretary of the New York Society, be requested to take a seat at the Board as an Honorary Member of the same, and to take part in the deliberations, which was unanimously carried.
J. Stanton Gould, Esq., of Hudson, N. Y., was unanimously elected Chairman of the jury.
Messrs. Seth Scammon, of Maine; Brooks Shattuck, New Hampshire; Edwin Hammond, Vermont; Sanford Howard, Massachusetts; Stephen H. Smith,Rhode Island; T. S. Gold, Connecticut; B. B. Kirtland, New York; Geo. Hartshorne, New Jersey; John Jones, Delaware; Francis P. Blair, Indiana; Frederick Watts and J. L. Darlington, Pennsylvania; Gen. J. T. Worthington and Wm. A. Gill, Ohio; Joseph A. Moore and W. L. Underwood, Kentucky; Joseph A. Wright, Indiana; Horace Capron, Illinois; J. C. Holmes, Michigan; Wm. 0. Rives, Virginia; H. K. Burgwyn, North Carolina; A. G. Suminer, South Carolina; Richard Peters, Georgia; Lewis Worcester, Wisconsin;' and Wm. Duane, of Iowa, were, upon motion of Gov. King, appointed as a Board of Judges, for the trial at Syracuse.
B. P. Johnson, Esq., moved that Mr. Joseph E. Holmes, the General Superintendent, be added as a member, ex officio, of the Board of Judges, which was carried.
The following resolution, upon motion of Gov. King, and seconded by Hon. Frederick Smyth, was unanimously adopted: -
"Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be presented to the Executive Committee of the New York State Agricultural Society, at its meeting at Buffalo in June; and that they be respectfully requested to appoint a committee, and to invite the members of the Society to attend the proposed trial of reapers, mowers, etc, under the auspices of the United States Agricultural Society, at Syracuse, in July next".
Judge Gould moved, and it was resolved, that there should be two separate premiums on hay presses - one for stationary and one for portable presses.
The Chair called upon Mr. H. S. Olcott, Secretary of the Committee of Arrangements, to state what had already been done towards completing the preliminaries of the trial. Mr. Olcott stated that he had visited various cities and villages of Western New York, and had received liberal offers of pecuniary assistance and personal co-operation. Although quite equal to it, so far as suitable territory is concerned, none of the points seemed to present the advantages offered by the vicinity of Syracuse. Its position is central in the great agricultural district, and accessible by railroad to all parts of the United States. Its hotel accommodations are ample and excellent, the fields to be cut are in very close proximity to the city, and the citizens have generously offered to charge themselves with any excess of expenses over the receipts from entrances at the trial, should such occur. That locality had therefore been selected for the trial of the present year, and approved of bythe Executive Committee. A large number of machines had already been entered, amongst which were nearly all of importance in the country.
Col. Johnson stated that he had just returned from Western New York, and was of the opinion that the trial could not be undertaken before the 20th July.
It will be seen, by reference to the list of judges, that they are chosen from the most influential gentlemen of each of the States directly interested in the use of the harvest machines. From the national character of the Society and the preparations already completed for making the trial a thorough one, the result will be anxiously awaited by the agricultural public.
Gov. King, who is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the United States Society, will be present and receive distinguished guests from other States. Agricultural discussions will be held in the city of Syracuse on each evening during the trial.
When our last number went to press, this Society was in session at Washington. Its sayings and doings have been chronicled sufficiently, but we must record the resignation of its late President, and the present of plate given to him. His speech was characteristic and forcible. In parting with Mr. Wilder, the Society has met with a loss. He understood how to keep attention alive, and employed means which his successor may not deem necessary to the end; but great publicity and a little telegraphing are often successful. Mr. Wilder understood the press thoroughly, and without that, such associations dwindle.
President, Tench Tilghman, Oxford, Maryland; Vice-Presidents, N. B. Cloud, Alabama, Sylvester Mowrey, Arizona, A. W. McKee, California, H. A. Dyer, Connecticut, A G- Fuller, Dacotah, John Jones, Delaware, W. W. Corcoran, Dist. Columbia, S. A. Mallory, Florida, Richard Peters, Georgia, D. B. Holloway, Indiana, John A- Kennicott, Illinois, Legrand Byington, Iowa, Wm. F. M. Amy, Kansas, W. L. Underwood, Kentucky, J. D. B. DeBow, Louisiana, Ezekiel Holmes, Maine, A. Kiinmel, Maryland, John Brooks, Massachusetts, Henry Ledyard, Michigan, H. M. Bice, Minnesota, N. N. Harrison, Mississippi, J. R. Barrett, Missouri, Henry F. French, New Hampshire, H. K. Burgwyn, North Carolina. W. T. Brown, Nebraska, J. H. Frazee, New Jersey, Manuel A. Otero, New Mexico, B. P. Johnston, New York, F. G. Cary, Ohio, J. H. Lane, Oregon, A. Clements, Pennsylvania, Elisha Dyer, Rhode Island, F. W. Alston, South Carolina, Thomas Affleck, Texas, Delano R. Eckels, Utah, Fred. Holbrook, Vermont, W. A. Spence, Virginia, I. I. Stephens, Washington Ter., D. S. Curtis, Wisconsin; Executive Committee, T. Tilghmaa, (ex-officio,) Maryland, Marshall P.Wilder, Massachusetts, Henry Wager, New York, John McGowan, Penn., Frederick Smyth, New Hampshire, J. Merryman, Maryland, J. M. Cannon. Iowa, Horace Capron, Illinois, Josiah W. Ware, Virginia, B. P. Poore, (ex-officio,) Massachusetts; Treasurer, Benjamin B. French, Washington, D. C.; Secretary, Ben. Perley Poore, Office, 356 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C. Office hours from 9 A. M. to 7 P. M.
The exhibition at Boston, successful as it was, will be fully reported in those periodicals which especially devote themselves to its topics; except incidentally, it scarcely falls to our lot to do more than give it a favorable greeting and to record its advent Well did Colonel Wilder, its great promoter, remark:-
"A prominent object has been to awaken in the public mind a just appreciation of their labors and a stronger love for agriculture and rural life. How delightful the occasion! How salutary its influences! Here the rough animosities of party strife, the asperities of political dissensions and the bitterness of sectional jealousy are merged and lost in the love of a com-mon pursuit, and a common country; and in proportion as we act in concert and harmony for the advancement of the great industrial arts of life, we cement and strengthen the bonds of our glorious Union. (Enthusiastic cheering.) Here we witness an illustration of the power of voluntary associations, the grand characteristic of our age, the great engine which propels the oar of modern enterprise".
Again, he said: "We, of New England, cannot boast of a luxuriant soil like that of the prairies and valleys of the West, nor of a genial clime like that of the sunny South, but industry constrains our reluctant soil to yield its increase; and though prominent among our exports are granite and ice, yet these are no indications of the hardness of our hearts, nor of the coldness of our affections. No! No!! We extend to you our friendly greetings, and our most cordial salutations." (Cheers).
The Boston Journal says: "This truly national affair has been successful beyond the most sanguine hopes of those under whose auspices it was arranged. The display of stock has embraced some of the best cattle, sheep, and swine, ever exhibited in this part of the country, and we doubt whether a finer collection of horses was ever brought together".
Our own city was well represented, and if eloquence had been entitled to a premium, our brother editor, Morton MeMichael, might have carried off the first.
Sixty thousand persons were on the ground at one time, and the cost of the liberal arrangements were all met by the pay for entrance. This is very encouraging for the future; on one day the gates had to be closed, so great was the throng. Why not have the next exhibition in Philadelphia ? We trust it may be so.