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JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURE,

COTTAGE GARDENER,

AND

COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.

A JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURE, RURAL AND DOMESTIC ECONOMY, BOTANY AND

NATURAL HISTORY.

CONDUCTED BY

GEORGE W. JOHNSON, F.R.H.S. AND ROBERT HOGG, LL.D., F.L.S.

THE FRUIT AND KITCHEN GARDENS, by Mr. J.

Robson, Gardener to The Ladies Cornwallis, Linton
Park; and Mr. T. Weaver, Gardener to the Warden of

Winchester College.
THE FLOWER GARDEN, by Mr. D. Beaton, late Gardener

to Sir W. Middleton, Bart., Shrubland Park.
STOVE AND FLORISTS' FLOWERS, by Mr. T. Appleby,

late of Victoria Nursery, Uxbridge.
THE GREENHOUSE AND WINDOW GARDEN, by Mr.

R. Fish, Gardener to Colonel Sowerby, Putteridge Burs,
near Luton.

FLORISTS' FLOWERS and FLORICULTURE, by the

Rev. H. U. Dombrain.
ALLOTMENT AND GARDENING CALENDAR, by Mr.

Keane.
POULTRY-KEEPING, by Mr. J. Baily, Rev. W.W. Wing.

field, E. Hewitt, Esq., and other well-known contributors.
BEE-KEEPING, by H. Taylor, Esq. ; T. W. Woodbury,

Esq., “A_Devonshire Bee-keeper;” “B&W.;" and

Mr. S. B. Fox.
HOUSEHOLD ARTS, by the Authoress of “ My Flowers,”

and others.

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PUBLISHED FOR THE PROPRIETORS, 162, FLEET STREET.

1861.

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OUR indefatigable critical friend, Miss PENELOPE POMEROY, wrote to us thus from Cackleton Hall :

“ What benefit am I to derive from the duty being taken off paper P-I mean as a purchaser of your Journal, THE COTTAGE GARDENER—for, as I told you, I shall never call it anything else. Do you mean to take off a penny, as the Times has done nobly p”

To which we replied

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MADAM,

“ We do not intend to take off a penny, nor even the smallest fraction of a penny. The removal of the Paper Duty is equal to about one farthing on each Number of our Journal; and as the price of paper has risen, we have no intention to reduce our price to twopence three-farthings, and incur even the loss of the recent rise in the cost of the paper on which it is printed.

“We added eight pages to our previous twenty-four in anticipation of the repeal of the Paper Excise, and we have made arrangements to secure a superior paper, and additional and varied artistical illustrations. We purpose to retain our price ; and whenever our readers consider that we do not render an equitable return for that smallest silver coin of the realm, the time will have arrived for our exit."

This reply was not satisfactory to Miss PENELOPE, and she rejoins

“Just as I expected—just as it always is! The duty was taken off leather, and I still pay the same 16s. for my walking-boots to Mr. Leathersɔle, of Penzance. I should like to know what your other readers will say to your goings on.”

We are quite content to go before that Grand Jury; and we will anticipate as their return this extract from a letter written by a Clergyman, who, we think, will be accepted as their foreman :

“We do not require the lowest possible priced paper, but we do want the best that can be had for threepence.”

We bow to that return, and we pledge ourselves to satisfy its requirement.

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