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Sir: Being anxious to promote the profession of gardening, I will suggest the idea of gardeners and nurserymen, in the vicinity of large towns and cities, meeting to form libraries, to consist chiefly of books on Agriculture, Horticulture, Architecture, Mathematics, Botany and Natural History, and the leading periodicals embracing the above sciences, as issued from the press. It is for the benefit of both employer and employ, ed, to combine the strictest economy with the most profitable results - and to act on that principle, a man must understand the laws of nature, and how those laws are assisted by the ingenuity of man. Whether it is in the proper tillage of the soil; or in the various crops raised from it; or in the construction and heating of buildings for growing fruits or flowers in an ar- tiflctal atmosphere. The energies of the most talented men have been employed to become acquainted with these laws, and they have left the various methods of their practice and their results, for the benefit of those after them. To purchase the various volumes necessary for the acquirement of this knowledge, would incur a greater expense than could be spared by one individual.
This being the case, and feeling the want of such assistance, I would like to see a spirit roused among gardeners and nurserymen, that would, at a trifling expense to each inivid-ual, effect the desired object.
In making an appeal to the public, to meet with the response wished for, it is necessary for them to be convinced of the utility of the object of the appeal. The persons appealed to in this instance are those connected with, or interested in gardening; and I am satisfied that those who are lovers of the art, will, themselves, assist and use their influence in their own immediate neighborhood, to cause others to lend a helping hand also. It would seem needless to enumerate the benefit that gentlemen and nurserymen would derive by employing active, intelligent men. To have such men, there must be facilities such as those suggested here, that would give them the information necessary to raise them to this standard. Now who are the employers that would not like to have such men, and how few of them there are?
The instances of stupidity and ignorance are too well known by every employer, and the little leisure of the present season could not be better employed than to form a plan and commence reading societies, before the gardening season commences. Should you find a place in your Journal for these few remarks, it may cause abler pens than mine to be employed in soliciting means for the fulfillment of the purpose, and the desired benefit be derived. Thomas PaxtoN. St aten-Island, N. F., Jan. 16, 1852.