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.
Sir Uvedale Price has the following Judicious remarks: "In all that relates to cottages, hamlets, and villages, to the grouping of them, and their mixture with trees and climbing plants, the best instructions may be gained from the works of the Dutch and Flemish masters, which afford a greater variety of useful hints to the generality of improvers, and such as snight more easily be carried into practice, than those grander scenes which are exhibited in the higher schools of painting. All the splendid effects of architecture, and of assemblages of magnificent buildings, whether in cities, or amidst rural scenery, can only be«displayed by princes, and men of princely revenues. But it is in the power of men of moderate fortunes, by means of slight additions and alterations, to produce a very essential change in the appearance of farm buildings, cottages, Ac., and in the grouping of them in villages and such effects, though less, splendid than those of regular architecture, are not less interesting.
There is, indeed, no scene where such a variety of forms and embellishments may be introduced at so small an expense, and without anything fantastic or unnatural, as that of a village; none where the lover of painting, and the lover of humanity, may find so many sources of amusement and interest".
Dear Sir: I cannot forego a remarkable passage of Mr. Cretin's speech in the Commioe of St. Symphorier. He says: -
" * * * Agriculture an4 business are twin sisters; they aid each other. When one is suffering, the other feels the effect of it. * * * Agriculture is the most moral of all arts; we are going to prove this. * * * We often hear people say: This industry, Bet up in that State, is going to interfere with a rival industry in another State or town; not so with agriculture. Never did good cultivation impede the progress, or diminish the benefits of another good cultivation. But, two firms in the same city or town transact the same kind of business; they are rivals, and conceal their operations. Two farmers produce the same crops; they give each other all information, and promote, at large, the best methods of cultivation; they emulate, and do not rival. What is the reason? The first have a certain, limited number of customers, who can leave them; the others, have all the world for customers, and God and nature for stock".
Industry works on a given capital; what one gets, he takes it (as more than his share) out of that capital. Agriculturists depend upon that inexhaustible source which comes from nature's bountiful treasure. It does not take away what ought to be the share of others; there is no competition, and, of course, no angry feelings. B.