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.
In the ensuing volume of the Horticultural will be published a short series of familiar characteristic notes and letters from the late A. J. Downing to the present editor, written off hand, in the full tide of life and hope. We feel confident they will interest all who peruse them, and revive in many hearts feelings of admiration for the hand that is now cold!
We learn with pleasure that Charles Downing is engaged on another edition of his brother's Fruits and Fruit-Trees of America; the time has arrived when such a work is required, and we shall look for it with some impatience.
The conclusion of these letters we have been obliged to postpone to the ensuing number, together with several communications from correspondents.
Mr. Editor: I was one of the original subscribers to erect a monument to the late Mr. Downing, and can say I never subscribed to anything of the kind with more pleasure. From the character of the committee who had charge of the plan, I have no doubt of its being well executed, but I, for one, should be glad to know the state of the affair, and cannot but hope it is nearly finished. Horticola.
We are pleased to be able to state, that a recent correspondence with the committee on this subject, enables us to inform "Horticola," and the other subscribers, that the monument is in a forward state, and will very soon be erected in the grounds of the Smithsonian Institute, at Washington, with suitable inscriptions. It is intended to express the refinement, and delicate taste and gracefulness of the mind and nature it is to commemorate under the form of a beautiful antique vase, covered with flowers in arabesque relief. We are assured it will be worthy its object.
This is an abridged edition of the larger work, containing some four hundred illustrations, and the contents divided into thirty-two chapters, eight to propagation, training, transplanting, soil and insects, and remainder to the varieties of fruit. Its price, $2.50, will make it very acceptable, as it contains all the leading kinds of fruit to which the ordinary fruit grower has need of reference. Published by Jno. Wiley & Sons, N. Y.
This is a condensation from the larger work of Mr. Downing's, which is of too large a size and high price for most persons of moderate means.
The new volume has about half the number of pages of the other, and contains descriptions of 200 varieties of our most popular kinds of apples, and other fruits in same proportion. To the general cultivator it is as good for reference as the other. The price is $2 50. We are glad to see that the price of the large volume has been reduced from $8 to $5. At this price it is the cheapest book published.
If my manuscript says the season was the middle of October, and I think it did, I made an error, as it is with us a winter Pear and a very late keeper. A. Fahnestook.