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 March number of the Cultivator for 1851, (page 117,) I described the well from which we draw our daily supplies of water. It is pro-tected by trees and buildings so that the sun never shines into it ; but the snow enters, and during all the spring, and early part of summery it is so uncommonly cold as to have been mistaken by a guest, for ice-water. Gradually however, it grows warmer as the heat of the season increases, and as the springs that feed it, mingle with its chilled waters; but we have often thought how desirable it would be if its coldness could continue throughout the summer and autumn.
Well, we have lately found the remedy for this defect. Judge R - - - dining with us on the 3d of last month, brought in bis carriage a large lump of ice, intended for other purposes but which we plunged into the well. For about two days, the water was gradually growing colder, and then it was all iced water, delightfully cold, and far more pleasant, in my estimation, than any water from a pitcher of ice. It continued so about a fortnight. If no rains had swelled the springs that flow into the well, this temperature would have continued longer.
Ten or twelve pounds of ice every fortnight would not be deemed a high tax; and may be compared with the expense of a quid, a puff of smoke, or a pinch of snuff ad libitum, D. T.