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.
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A correspondent of the Western Rural thus writes concerning its abundance and profit: " One gentleman, who pays $96 per year as rent for a house and small tract of land, informed me to-day that his sales of peaches already amount to over $380, with about $100 worth yet on the trees. A farmer adjoining the corporation, who has an old orchard which has not always been under proper cultivation, this year reports sales to the amount of $1,000, with much fruit yet to ship; one farmer with but a few acres of indifferent trees gets $500 for his crop; another $700. Mr. L. H. Bailey has sold over BOO baskets - double the amount he anticipated, while his apple orchard, instead of yielding 1000 bushels, aa I reported a few weeks since, is now sure to exceed this large amount."
At a meeting of the Standing Fruit Committee for the examination of seedlings, it was resolved to recommend for trial an apple presented by B. Hathaway, of Little Prairie Ronde, under the name of Pawpaw Seedling.
We have received a complete set of the Michigan Agricultural Transactions from J. C. Holmes, Esq., its estimable Secretary, and another copy for the Philadelphia library, an institution with which we have long been, and still are, connected, and to which we shall be happy to forward pamphlets, books, etc., on this subject, or any other, that are worthy of preservation. Mr. Holmes has our thanks, and he will be officially informed at the estimation felt for his gift by the proper officer of the Library.
The indefatigable and useful Secretary of the Michigan Agricultural Society, Mr. J. C. Holmes, has forwarded us the Transactions of the Society for 1856, making a portly octavo of nearly eight hundred pages. It is full of interesting matter, of a practical kind, some of which we shall,copy when we are less crowded than at the present time.
We learn that these Fairs were very successful, but as yet we have received no list of the premiums awarded.
A valuable work called the "Microscopist's Companion; a Popular Manual of Practical Microscopy," by John A. King, M.D., is in the press at Cincinnati. From a specimen sheet and engravings we augur favorably for the work. Microscopes of excellent quality are manufactured in this country at a cheaper rate than those of Europe, rendering us in another branch of the arts independent of foreigners; and as the instrument is of increasing importance and popularity, the demand will for a long time equal the supply. The microscope in skilful hands has done much for knowledge in vegetable physiology; it is yet to do much more.