Sir: A former correspondent of the Horticulturist, August, 1849, made some sensation by assuring us that he had succeeded in grafting the gooseberry on the yellow flowering currant, on stocks five feet high, with a prodigious result. It would be well to inform us whether the grafts continue to do well, and the fruit is still free from mildew? I have found that keeping the roots of gooseberry bushes cool with mulching, and to plant them in cool situations, is useful, but I attribute my freedom from mildew, the past few years, to sprinkling a handful of salt around each bush in winter, or early spring. - M. C.

[We have the same results from the use of salt. - Ed].

Br. John Lindley's portrait, which we insert to-day, conveys almost a speaking likeness of the botanist, about whom it is best to "gossip" but little before he completes his career. To the article, which we copy from the Cottage Gardener, was appended considerable abuse for certain doings of his in connection with the London Horticultural Society; this is omitted, but we may add that the doctor has little affection for America, and considers, from positive ignorance regarding it, its horticulture in a lamentable condition.* We learn, incidentally, too, that he does not take the Horticulturist - quite unpardonable in so great a man!

* Dr. Lindley's great merits as a botanist are somewhat obscured in the eye of an American, by his inclination for a satirical fling at this country - a national sin, belonging to a large class, among whom we are sorry to include the editor of the London Athenasum; the fact undoubtedly is, that America is doing more than any other country for pomology, and Dr. Llndley, it might be expected, would be the first to acknowledge it; for his own credit, this is to be regretted.