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.
Dear Sir: Tour most admirable magazine is not one to which exception can often be justifiably taken - certainly not in any case where your own hand guides the pen, and but seldom in that of your correspondents. It is not for me to eulogize the good work it does, or attempt to magnify the place it fills in " the country?' world. There is. however, in the April number of your book, a letter from one "Horticola," describing country seats, that, in one respect, is so void of a proper appreciation of landscape scenery and the beautiful in country seats, that I know you will not object to see a protest entered upon his criticism. I allude to his remarks upon the country seat of George W. Lyman, Esq. (Tour writer calls the proprietor G. C. Lyman ,thus showing his ignorance, as it would seem, of the vicinity ) He designates it as crotchety and ludicrous. Ton, who have an eye for the beautiful; and the sense and perception to appreciate it, would have coma to a far different conclusion bad you been afforded the most distant glimpse of it . He compares it with Rose Hill, and a Mr. Leknd's place, both suburban villas, of the size of two or three acres, which pretend to nothing else.
Mr. Lyman's place is an estate of nearly 800 acres, full of natural beauty, and planned and executed, and actually grown by the first Mr. Lyman, nearly fifty years since, when there was no example, no "Downing a Country Houses" to guide him. He was a man of taste, natural and inbred, and he produced a work that has but few equals in New-England, one that you yourself would call a truly English country seat - for in looking at it you would be immediately reminded of the English gentleman's country home, that you have so often described. For taste in the grouping of trees, the position and effect of the house - -the management of the approaches, the just weighing of art with the nature that surrounded him, Mr. Lyman was eminently successful.
I will not consume your valuable time longer, but close with the request that when you next visit this part of the country, you should look for yourself.. Tour neighbor, Mr. Sargent, could doubtless have given you a more correct impression of the place than Horticola. Tours, very faithfully, "A Subscriber".
We suspect Horticola not to be an unprejudiced critic, and fear, from what we have since learned, he has done injustice to several places in his last communication. ED.