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 following article appeared in the American Journal of Science and Art, March, 1852. We reprint it for several reasons: - 1st, It furnishes some very instructive and interesting items in relation to the climate and natural history of one of the finest fruit growing and horticultural districts of the west. 2d, It shows the influence of bodies of water upon climate, and gives a full and clear explanation, both scientific and practical, of the nature and operation of this influence. 3d, It is an example of the kind of observation that should be made in every part of the country respecting such local peculiarities of climate, and their causes as affect vegetation.
Astronomical, and other scientific societies go to great expense in making such extended observation as the objects they have in view require, and we know of no way in which horticultural societies could more efficiently promote the advancement of their science than to institute such observations as these in their respective localities. - Ed].