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: I have been looking over several publications of merit respecting horticulture lately, and am greatly interested to observe how much in advance the work you now have in charge seems to have been, on many of the topics discussed. Reports are often repetitions of the pages of your periodical. Year books copy extensively from your recent pages. State agricultural reports are likewise followers; they often are only pourings "from one bottle to another." If the whole of the Horticulturist were burnt in the grandest of Suttees on the funeral pile, it would only be like cutting down an oak after its acorns have sowed a forest. Yours, Perbira.
We have thrown together a few thoughts in the opening article of this month, which were called forth by the period of ten years which have elapsed since the commencement of this work. At the close of 1852, when it passed into the hands of Mr. Barry, its publisher, Luther Tucker, Esq., truly remarked: -
"The Horticulturist was a pioneer work, and has held its ground almost without competition. It has formed a taste for the scientific pursuit of horticulture in all its branches, and has exerted no inconsiderable influence in placing the arts of taste upon a new basis. The design of the journal has proved to be one of those happy thoughts which come only now and then, and lead one to wonder why it had not occurred before - a thought which, though new, strikes forcibly upon public sentiment, and soon becomes as common property, as though it never had an originator. The extent to which the editorials in the Horticulturist have been copied, and the high eulogiums that have been passed upon them, prove this to a demonstration. But the Horticulturist has done more than to inculcate the principles of taste, and teach the pleasures of rural life. It has been a scientific and practical work, and by exciting a generous rivalry among gardeners and amateur cultivators, has raised the standard of horticulture, and increased the number engaged in its pursuit. To be assured of this, one need only to refer to the reports of horticultural exhibitions in the early volumes, and contrast them with those of the present year.
The competitors, the variety of fruits, flowers, and vegetables grown, and the products, have increased four-fold - and we are only new beginners. One needs a prophetic vision to say what the future of horticulture, in this country, is destined to be. Favored as we are by soil and climate, we may certainly anticipate brilliant results".
Our readers will pardon the space we have thus occupied, for they also feel not only a great interest in the topics treated of in the work, but retain an affection for its founder which will only terminate with their lives.
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Fruit, the largest of its class, roundish, round and regular, very even and uniform; stem, short, stout, set in a broad, even, regular cavity, usually grows in clusters of two or three; color, rich, dark, almost purplish, black red when fully ripe; flesh, red, tender, juicy, sprightly, lively, mild acid; pit, small. My drawing is made from fruit gathered 15th July, 1867, and it would remain on the tree perfect ten days or more without injury, or rather with benefit. On one stem six inches long, now before me, there are twenty-three cherries, all of a size equal to the drawing.
We are daily in receipt of letters commendatory of our journal; and although we do not claim to have "all the talent," as some do, yet we consider that we may justly feel a pride when the pages of the Horticulturist are put in comparison with any cotemporary journal. For the coming year we can say to onr friends and the public, that we have made arrangements to make the Horticulturist surpass in valuable matter - in record of new fruits and flowers, in improved modes of cultivation, in landscape adornments, rural architecture, and other items connected with country or suburban life - any and all other journals. We therefore invite all our old friends to go with us another year, and at the same time present our claims to others for their consideration.
This good old stand-by of the horticultural interests of the country, more than maintains its well-earned and widespread reputation. Under the spirited editorial and business management of our genial friend Williams, it has been improved in ail its departments. The illustrations are numerous and excellent, while the contributions of an able corps of correspondents, and the racy articles of the editor-in-chief, give to it a freshness and value found in no other periodical of its class. Those who desire a first rate horticultural journal, should, by all means, secure the Horticulturist. - From the Journal of the Farm.
THE October number of The Horticulturist is this day received, and its contents glanced at, which appear fall of valuable instruction; its field is broad and open, its success is sure while thus conducted, and I trust will prove profitable to both publisher and readers.
Our pear crop is harvested, quite light; grapes all gathered, below medium in quantity, but above in quality; apple picking brisk, crop a good one, far above average, except in the North part of the State; and instead of 106, as Agricultural Department had it for July, I would now put it 112. S. Foster.