Letter from Herbert Maxwell [Sir Herbert Maxwell] to William Robinson

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Written from Monreith, Whauphill, Wigtownshire. Manuscript

So ‘The Garden’ is to be merged with a journal dealing with ‘all manner of gross matter from custards to crudles and crosswords’, and the title will disappear; he wishes it had not been associated with recent piffle; but it will remain in the memory of Robinson’s disciples as an organ by which he effected a revolution; he often refers to the old volumes, which redeemed gardening from being ‘a device of Providence for the pottering peace of virtuous eld’ [the preserve of the elderly]