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I left the Isle of Wight with the feeling that if I should ever need the nursing of soft airs and kindly influences in a foreign land, I should try to find my way back to it again. Even one, blest with excellent health, and usually insensible to the magical influence which most persons find in a change of air, finds something added to the pleasurable sensation of breathing and taking exercise, in the delicious summer freshness of this spot.
There is another memorandum which I made here and which is worth relating. In England at large, the great wealth of the landed aristocracy, and the enormous size of their establishments, raises the houses and gardens to a scale so far above ours, that they are not directly or practically instructive to Americans. In the Isle of Wight, on the other hand, are numerous pretty cottages, villas and country houses, almost precisely on a transatlantic scale as to the first cost and the style of living. For this reason, one who can only learn by seeing the thing done to a scale that he can easily measure, should come to the Isle of Wight to study how to get the most for his money - rather than to Chatsworth or Eaton Hall. And it is this kind of rural beauty, the tasteful embellishment of small places, for which the United States will, I am confident, become celebrated in fifty years more. Yours sincerely, A. J. D.
Brighton, August, 1850.
A Practical Treatise on the Construction, Heating and Ventilation of Hot-Houses, including Conservatories, Green-Houses, Graperies, and other kinds of Horticultural Structures. By Robert B. Leuchars. Boston, Jewctt & Co., 8vo. p. 366. We have looked through the pages of this volume, which is fresh from the press, and welcome it as a valuable contribution to our horticultural literature.
It is the production of a practical gardener whose communications are familiar to our readers, and he enters into the various branches of his subject with that minute knowledge of the wants and requirements of exotic plants, that can only be possessed by one who is thoroughly conversant with their culture.
Besides this, the work is a better manual on the construction of the various species of glass structures, than any that we remember in the English language. The author presents a well digested account of all the various forms and designs most generally approved abroad, and gives very excellent advice, based on his experience here, for the erection of horticultural buildings in the United States. The best methods of warm-ine and ventilating hot-houses, and the manings are filled with plants, are treated with much scientific and practical ability. The work is illustrated with numerous cuts and diagrams explanatory of the text, and is sold at the low price of $ 1. It will be found a very useful text-book for those who are about erecting glass structures of any kind, from the small forcing-pit, up to the most costly domed conservatory, and we shall be glad to see it pass through several editions.
This little volume has been published several months, and has already found favor in the eyes of a large circle of readers. It is an attempt on the part of Professor Norton, of Yale College, to put in the shape of an elementary volume, which the farmer may carry in his pocket, or the student use as a class book, the scientific knowledge of the present day in the cultivation of the soil.
The intention is well carried out in its execution. The language is clear and plain, and the unnecessary use of technical terms has been avoided. The novice in the science of farming, or the practical farmer who has something and is on the eve of doing much more for his art, will both find in this an admirable stepping stone to the subject - by the aid of which, if he has any real interest and intelligence about the matter, he may climb to regions of endless interest, and if he is clever enough to sift that which has practicability in it, from the purely theoretic - endless profit.
This volume had its origin in a prize essay elicited by the New York State Agricultural Society - and has been warmly approv-ed of by that body. We gladly recommend it to beginners in the science of farming.
7he Western Horticultural Review.No. 2. Edited by Dr. Warder. Cincinnati, Ohio. 8ro., $3 per ann. There is a pleasant physiognomy about our young kinsman of the Buck-eye state, and we very cordially shake hands with the Editor across the Alleghanieg. This number has as a frontispiece - the "wine house of Cornbau & Son," and there is a flavor of the vineyard and vintage about it, that marks its locality in the midst of the new wine regions of America.
A large part of thin number is occupied with a, report of the Annual Fair of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, which seems to have been a very brilliant and successful anniversary. A complimentary piece of plate, in the shape of a finely wrought silver goblet, was presented to N. Lotto Worth, Esq., for his eminent services in horticulture, and a spirited address was delivered by Mr. Mansfield
The vintage on the Ohio has been large this season, but the quality of the wine is thought a little below the average. The Editor gives the same account of the comparison of the Diana, grape with the Catawba, which Mr. Longworth has already laid bo-fore our readers - and very properly adds that the grapes sent from Boston were not in fit condition for the test. He also says, "at Mr. Horn's nurseries, (near Boston) I saw last November, the Catawba and Disna, side by side - the one green, shrivelled, and not fit to eat - the other plump, juicy, and of pleasant flavor" - not bad evidence en passant of the better qualities of the Diana in a northern climate. The west is certainly large enough to present its local interests more completely through such a medium as this new serial, and we wish Dr. Warder success in his undertaking.