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.
Dissatisfaction with ourselves and doings is the first step to improvement. Grumbling dissatisfaction that we have not the variety, grandeur, and extent of some one else who possesses and employs twenty or fifty times the resources, is one of those low, degrading forms of envy with which I can have no sympathy save that of pity, and, more especially, because it so blinds the judgment as to prevent the right use of the resources within its reach. The farmer's wife who manages a couple of flower beds in such a manner that the wealthiest could hardly make them more beautiful, is not only worthy of all honor, but gives the best evidence that, with increased resources, she would manage twenty nearly equally well. I have put in the word nearly advisedly, because the smaller the garden, other things being equal, the brighter and more telling should it be; and it is easier to make it so than when various gardens have to be attended to. Look on a couple of beds a tangled mass of flowers and weeds, and where and what would be the condition of twenty beds f Superior quality and beauty, be the sphere of their action small or large, will ever command approbation; and without these, mere extent will only be an extensive annoyance. - Correspondent.
Report of the Third Annual Fair of the Hancock Agricultural Society, and List of Premiums awarded. This is printed at "Carthage," and the two words of "Hancock" and " Carthage" are not followed by the name of any State, a defect which often surprises us. It is not uncommon, indeed, for newspapers to be issued for years and years without the name of the State in which they are published being anywhere inserted. Does not this look too much like a mere local circulation, and as if the locality was too much all the world the makers know f This report, we presume, emanates from New York or Illinois, but are not quite sure.