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The Evolution of Horticulture in New England


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                 NEW ENGLAND

                 MASSACHUSETTS BAY

through page 105 of 180

I have posted what I have finished typing on this book but I am going to delay indefinitely the rest of the book because most of the rest of the book is unopened (the pages have not been split apart) and I would prefer not to open the pages as this is a good example of how books used to be made. If I get enough requests to finish the book, I will try to find an opened copy. So, if you want to know the ending, e-mail me.



“Let us not, then, lament over the decay and oblivion into which ancient writers descend: they do but submit to the great law of nature, which declares that all sublunary shapes of matter shall be limited in their duration, but which decrees, also, that their elements shall never perish. Generation after generation, both in animal and vegetable life, passes away, but the vital principle is transmitted to posterity, and the species continue to flourish. Thus, also, do authors beget authors, and having produced a numerous progeny, in a good old age they sleep with their fathers, that is to say, with the authors who preceded them and from whom they had stolen.”

W. Irving.



HE object of this volume is to present, in a concise and attractive form, the history of the art of gardening, as it has been evolved in New England from its earliest plantations to  the present day.

            Numerous as have been the publications upon horticulture and agriculture during late years, with the exception of the introductory chapter of the History of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society published in 1880, which embraces a record of horticulture in the United States up to the year 1829, I am not aware that a similar record, so far as it relates solely to New England, has been offered to the public.

            The above mentioned interesting chapter, compiled by Mr. Robert Manning, the present efficient Secretary of the Society, is invaluable, and to this I am indebted for material that had escaped my previous researches, at least so far as these refer to the Eastern States.

            In the preparation of these pages, I have endeavored to exercise that patience, diligence, and care which an interest in any art or science should always command.

            If the reader should discover certain extraneous threads interwoven in the fabric, the presence of which has not been recognized by me, he may safely impute the oversight to negligence rather than to deliberate literary theft.

            Whatever may be its valuation, and however egotistical it may seem to speak the truth, its fabrication has afforded a source of great pleasure in comparatively leisure hours, and has awakened an increased interest in all that pertains directory or indirectly to horticulture. If it should exert in any way a similar effect upon the minds of other individuals, however extended or limited may be their knowledge of the unfolding of the gardening art in England, it has answered the purpose in view.