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.
Dear Sir: I received your Horticulturist, and I am so highly pleased with its contents, beauty, and value, that I feel disposed to exert my influence in its favor. This locality is proverbially the most fertile and wealthy in Kentucky, and particularly adapted to the cultivation of fruit. No place can be found where the apple, grape, and peach, grow more luxuriantly than in this State, or where the fruit is produced more perfect. We frequently escape the late spring frosts; when further north, they are very destructive to the early blooming kinds. The peach here attains its largest size and highest flavor, but, owing to its vigorous growth, the tree is not long lived. With all the natural advantages possessed by the owners of the soil for the profitable culture of fruit, comparatively little attention is paid to it; they are suffering from neglect; in this they could greatly add to their yearly profits, to themselves, families, and neighbors. Our farmers are intelligent and enterprising, and ready to embark in anything that will pay. It must be that they are uninformed upon the subject of the profits and importance of fruit culture, and the superior excellence of the new articles in comparison with the old familiar kinds.
It is the want of information on the subject, I am assured, from the following circumstance: Last fall, I mentioned to a few friends that I had some trees sent to me for sale. I soon had orders amounting to over 400, and I have orders for spring for more than 1,000, and, I think, the circulation of your interesting and valuable work will much increase this year. William Dunn.