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.
Hosts of our subscribers write us that they cannot do without The Horticulturist. This is exactly the point we have been aiming at for the last two years - to make the magazine so good that every one will welcome it heartily to a permanent place on their library table. We are greatly encouraged. Every one has a good cheerful word, and we feel at last like one who has overcome all obstacles, and stands on the grand plane of success. The friends of The Horticulturist admit it is every thing we have claimed for it - dignified, yet popular; practical, yet not dry or tedious; lively and piquant, but not sensational. Our rivals generously admit it is the most abundantly illustrated of any of its class in the country. Every one of our exchanges have given it hearty notices of good will. Our advertisers have patronized it splendidly, and we feel as though we had gained the old vantage ground it once held under Downing as the best and most popular journal of its character in America. We have yet to hear a word of fault. Every one gives genuine testimonials of appreciation for the vast improvement which has been accomplished. And yet we have not had the opportunity to carry out one-tenth part of our plans.
Stand by us, friends; do not miss a single number, and we will yet produce a journal worthy of your highest respect and regard - the ne plus ultra of its profession.
Our February and March numbers will be equal in merit to this number. We have got so much excellent matter on hand we cannot find room for it all now.