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.
The death of Mr. Downer, of Fairview, Kentucky, came to us with startling suddenness. We had enjoyed the pleasure of frequent correspondence with him during years past, both often, and in the most agreeable familiar manner, that we felt an apostle of horticulture had verily gone, when we heard he was no more.
Mr. Downer's life was eminently successful, both in horticultural endeavors, and as a private citizen; one of that band of old pomologists who have done so much good for the world, without thought of great compensation. He was one we were always glad to meet, and upon whom everybody took delight in bestowing honor and appreciation.
Truly his days were full of wisdom, and his paths those of peace.
We regret also to record the death of Professor Henfrey, a Fellow of the Royal and Linnamn Societies, Professor of Botany in King's College, etc. He died on the 7th of September. Prof. Henfrey has long been known as an excellent hls-tologist and sound vegetable physiologist. We owe many dissertations of value to his pen; indeed, all he wrote marks him as a man not only familiar with the truths of science, but able to render them attractive to those who are little accustomed to think upon his topics. He is often quoted by Dr. Gray as good authority. In private life Prof. Henfrey was endeared to his friends by the gentleness of his manners and the genuine kindness of his nature. He is a public loss.
We have also received reports of the death of Robert Morris Copeland, which took place at Cambridge, Mass., April 10.
Mr. Copeland has been familiarly known to the horticulturists of the United States as author of "Country Life;" also as contributor to the horticultural press; and, as landscape gardener, has laid out many elegant estates, and acquired considerable celebrity. His latest sphere of operations was in the management of Ridley Park, near Philadelphia.
I am always in hope of seeing one of these beautiful. Lilies in the act of dying; it is so lovely a flower-death - there is no pain in it. When the seed ripens in the Lily-cup, and her bloom is over, she does not cast her seeds to the winds, and fade, wither, and decay, like earth-flowers; but she slowly turns upon her pale face, and rests it upon the water, while the seeds sink in a golden shower back to the parent stem, far beneath the water. Thus they never leave their parent loch, but flower there for ever. - £. Mackenzie.
A friend writes us from Cleveland, Ohio, saying that "all the cherries in that section have again, almost without exception, rotted before getting fully ripe." He also says, "Heretofore much of this disposition to decay has been regarded as coming from rain and wet, foggy weather, and mainly has it been confined to the light-colored varieties; this year, however, the weather during the whole of June was dry, and the disease extended itself to Black Tartarian, Black Eagle, and some others of the dark colored soils. The Osceola, Pontiac, Red Jacket, Rockport, and Monstreuse de Mezel have been about the only varieties of sweet cherries that have escaped, and they only partially."