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.
And while refering to this division of our distinguished Pomologist's industry, I must not omit to mention the quarto volumes in which he has so beautifully and accurately painted, in water colore, all the varieties of fruit he has originated. These volumes give evidence of no ordinary genius as an artist, and especially do they prove most patient perseverance in the real business of book-making - for these are ponderous books of which the letter press and beautiful illustrations are the work of a single man - receiving no aid from printer, publisher or machinery.
The Register or catalogue of the fruit gardens and nursery, contains painted maps, in water colors, first of the general grounds etc, then of each section upon a larger scale; and in each of these every tree is numerically and alphabetically entered by the Pomologist; so that no errors or confusion can result in regard to the names or characters of trees. This Register - of royal octavo size and of about three hundred pages, our host carried under his arm, as he conducted us through the almost endless lines of growing trees of various ages and grafts; but it was very rarely that he had occasion to refer to the book, for he seemed to have an in-tuitve knowledge of the variety he was approaching, without looking at the letter or number of the label. But I must not attempt farther particulars in reference to the character of the gardens, or the scientific skill with which they are managed. I have headed my pages with "the happy Pomologist," and in order to make good its meaning and its truth, I most tell of inward as well as outward influences - of the glowing enthusiasm with which our host pursues his favorite science - his hobby; and I must follow him from the garden to the family circle, and even somewhat into his worldly position.
Our host (I have christened him the Prince of Pomologists), talks about his trees as most men do of their children, or as good physicians do of their favorite patients ; he almost seems to talk to them, for he sometimes says - " I do this for him (the tree), now he must do something for himself - it is his business." And then the expression of his countenance varies with the associations, more or less interesting, connected with his tree families, and denotes as much concern and confidence in certain qualities that should belong to them, as though these were moral principles affecting the welfare or happiness of his whole generation.
And now with the warm noon-day sun, and the courtesy of a kindly heart towards guests, we come into the ample drawing-rooms; here the father and sons are soon ready with piano - flute - violin or violincello, to give us delightful trios - music of the best composers, and executed as such authors desire their compositions should be. The 'Prince of Pomologists' is still the leader in this family concert, for he was chief instructor of his sons, and is equally able to perform on any of the instruments. To use his good wife's expression - "il est musicien dans Fame" - , and surely he is no less a painter and Pomologist "dans Fame;' such men do all things with their whole soul.
The excellent lady whom I have just quoted, devotes herself to the true "woman's rights," in the good management of her household; and, besides this, takes great interest in the poultry. I should be deficient in good taste, as well as gratitude, did I not proclaim the entire success with which she accomplishes the first of the womanly prerogatives - and should it be your good fortune, gentle reader, to sleep beneath the hospitable roof to which I have reference, and to sit at the family table, you will have delightful evidences of the comforts that belong to the exercise of "woman's rights," as they are there understood; and even from the cellar you will receive proofs, in "St. Peray" and old "Steine," that the good things of this world are in the very best hands, when gentle woman rules her household.
I have yet many remaining proofs that my title of " the happy Pomologist" is a just and appropriate one, but in nothing does it more strongly appear than in the generous benevolence and philanthropy that fill to overflowing the heart of our host. Without precisely knowing the ultimate designs of this distinguished gentleman, I do know that pecuniary gain or commercial profits form no part of his objects in life; that he only desires to do good by improving the fruits of the country, and finds his own happiness in constant occupation; or, to quote one of his own impulsive, enthusiastic expressions, "I will make the best Pears as cheap and common as the poorest that all may enjoy them." Hence he takes pleasure in giving his grafts freely, wherever they are wanted; and to his friends he is even too liberal in giving the best varieties of his trees.
The spirits of " Van Mons " and of "Esperen," the friends and instructors of our Pomologist, may readily be imagined as watching over his efforts in their science with pride and delight; and those who have opportunity of knowing him, and of seeing his estate, will not fail to regard his coming to this country as a national blessing. As one of these I may, at least, honestly pray that the useful life of our excellent host be prolonged to a good old age, in the continued enjoyment of his trees - his music - and his happy home.
[We can heartily join in every thing here said of the " Happy Pomologist," who unites in his own person the accomplished gentleman and the happy enthusiast; a day passed with him will long be remembered, and we may add with some feeling of pride that he will give every aid in his power to " The Horticulturist" - Ed].