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Island of Ceylon, by Mrs. Light, which are yet flourishing, I dare say, in the Commercial Resident's Garden.
I likewise applied your plaster with equal success to the fruit-trees of the country. But to an old Pumbilmos, or Shaddock tree, which was almost throughout decayed, and which I had to fill up with the plaster after the dead wood was taken out, it produced wonderful renovation. I derived too much benefit from this Composition to finish without assuring you, that I will with much pleasure, give you any further information as to its success in hot countries, that came within my observation during the use of it, for several years,
in the district of Trinsivelly.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient Seryant,
GEORGE SULIVAN MARTEN.
Copy of a Letter from John Wedgwood, Esq.
Cote House, Nov. 14. 1800.
When you were with me, you expressed a wish to have the number of Peach and Nectarine trees which I had on my walls, that had been dressed with your Composition. These trees were part of a set which I bought in a lot, and which had been left to grow rude against an old wall, so that they appeared to be gone past all cure. Many were eaten up with the canker, and many were become so naked at the bottom that they gave but little room to imagine they could be brought into any form. I planted them against my walls in the beginning of the year, where they were left unpruned till the middle of May. The gardener then gave them a severe cutting in, and, as he went on, constantly dressing them with your Composi. tion, carefully eradicating all the cánker. I can now safely say, that they are as free from canker as any trees I ever saw, and full of fruit-bearing wood, many of them brought into excellent form, and all of them, except some few which died in the summer, promising to make very useful and profitable trees; so that if I had occasion to new-stock my walls, I should as willingly purchase another
such lot as buy regular trained trees from a nur-
The following is a list of the trees, and the as-
the hot-house, East aspect.
on the same aspect.
on another South wall.
These are exclusive of many trees that were on the walls before, and which have been much benefitted by being dressed with your Composition. I am so fully aware of the excellence of the Composition, that I do not permit the gardener to prune any plants without immediately using it. If you think these remarks can be of any service, you have my permission to make any use of them.
I dear Sir,
m, he it.
Extract of a Letter from Thomas Davis, Esg. Author of the
June 28. 1801. “ I was happy in having an opportunity the other day of shewing the effects of your plaster (in recovering the bark of Oak trees of 400 or 500 years old, which had begun to rot upwards from the ground, and is now recovering downwards very rapidly) to Lord Spencer, who was both pleased and astonished with it.
“ You may at any time refer to me for proofs if you want them.
I made a bold experiment seven years ago on an oak tree forty feet high, and 164 feet round, worth 80l. at least to a carpenter to cut to pieces, and such a tree as the King has not ten in his dominions. There was a craze in the side of it, which looked like a shake, and spoiled its beauty. I cut out the bark on each side the fissure, so as to make the opening six or seven inches wide. I coated it well with plaster, and it is now perfectly united and sound,
Directions for heading down Orange Trees. Just as the manuscript was going to the presso Mr. Rademaker, the Portuguese agent in London, called and told me, that he had received a letter from the Chevalier d'Almeida, the late Ambassador from Portugal at this court, informing him, that on his return home, he had found the Orange trees on the Prince of Brazil's Plantations in a very unhealthy and decayed state; and requesting him to apply to me for some of the Composition, and a copy of the Pamphlet “ On the Diseases, &c. in Fruit and Forest Trees," as he wished to make a trial of it on the trees of that country.
Accordingly, I have sent a cask of the Composition, with directions for preparing the trees and laying it on.
When it is found necessary to head down Orange trees, I would advise not to cut them quite down to the stem ; but to leave two or three inches of the branches ; some more, some less; always remembering to cut near to a joint, and in such a manner as to form a handsome head, and to apply the Composition immediately. In doing this, however, it will be necessary to leave a few young shoots to draw up the sap.
If the trees are infested with insects, the stems must be washed with soap-suds and urine, and well scrubbed with a hard brush.
About twelve years ago the Orange trees in the green-house in Kensington gardens were so much