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.
De gustibus non disputandum. Why, gentlemen, each, all, and every one of the charming country seats you talk about, are fine places, in their way. No matter whether a residence and grounds occupy a site on a hill, a plain, or in a valley, so that it be properly built, arranged, and planted, it may be equally beautiful and attractive. Individual variety in such things is what makes the whole, taken collectively, beautiful. Variety of surface demands variety in buildings and in the formation of the grounds around them. How monotonous would look a range of villas and grounds, plantations and gardens, all after one pattern! A small enclosure, beside an extensive one; a cottage, in the neighborhood of a palace; a wood near an open field; a highly cultivated garden with its flowers and shrubbery, protected by the adjoining forest of large and stately trees - all give variety, character, and completeness to the landscape, which the dull monotony of like things would fail to do, and thus a country, uninteresting in itself, as the neighborhood of Boston would be in its natural state, becomes one of the most enchanting character, by the diversity of art and taste which is exercised in its embellishment.
I wish every city in the United States was half as well environed, in its country places, as Boston. We should be far in advance of what we now are. Jeffreys.