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.
Essex, Stephen H. Condict, John Boylan, W. A. Brintzinghoffer, Geo. R. Dunn, Jno. H. Meeker, Nehemiah Perry; Union, Amos Clark, Jr., Josiah O. Stearns, Jno. M. Pru-den, David D. Buchanan; Sussex, Jno. Rutherford; Passaic, Martin J. Ryerson; Bergen, Francis W. Woodward; Somerset, J. V. D. Hoagland; Middlesex, Isaac S. Buckalew; Monmouth, N. S. Rue; Salem, B. Acton; Hudson, W. H. McClear; Mercer, G. J. Campbell; At Large, I. R. Cornell.
The report of the Treasurer (Benjamin Haines) shows that the finances of the Society are in a hearty condition. There is a balance in the treasury of over $700.
Col. Swords, the newly elected Corresponding Secretary, deserves much praise for his untiring labors for the past two years in promoting the interests of the Society. The report of the Executive Committee was carefully prepared, and contained many valuable suggestions, which I hope will be put in practice by those members of the Society who were present. The Committee in their report dwell at considerable length on the insects that are injurious to fruit in the State, and in this connection commend Dr. Trimble's labors in the highest terms, and urge him to continue his researches - among the insects. Prof. Coock, State Geologist, made some interesting remarks on the mineral wealth of the State, also on the value of marl as a fertilizer.
P. T. Quinn made some remarks on fruit culture in New Jersey, and urged prompt action of the Society to collect and publish such information as would guide the fruitgrower In his labors.
It was resolved that Mr. Quinn be requested to read before the Society at its next meeting a paper on the culture of fruits, and the adaptability of the different sections of the State to the growth of the various kinds.
Dr. I. P. Trimble, David Ayers, and P. T. Quinn were appointed a committee to memoralize the Legislature to pass a law to sell vegetables by weight instead of measure. It was decided to locate permanent grounds near Newark.
The artist-farmer of Edgewood, Donald G. Mitchell, whose charming "Farm at Edgewood," and "Wet-Weather Days," as well as his actual work on his own estate, have proven him master alike of the poetry, the science, and the practicalities of rural life, is preparing now a volume on landscape gardening and rural embellishment generally. Nothing could be more timely, or surer of warm welcome, as no one is so well fitted for the work as Mr. Mitchell. And if, as we hear, he proposes to offer his services to those wanting special suggestions and plans for the selection and development of private home grounds, and the management of model farms, he will at once, we are sure, become the new Downing of America, and something more. What we need in this country is to learn how to marry taste with profit in rural life, to have elegant country homes and conduct farm estates with an eye to neatness and beauty, without an annual impoverishing of our purses; and Mr. Mitchell has shown, both by his example at New Haven, and his rural writings, that this can be done.
The secret is too valuable to be kept to himself