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The show of vegetables was far beyond anything that could have been expected with reference to the unusually unfavorable season. The cauliflower was beautiful and would have vied with any in Covent Garden. The cabbage was also very fine. The peas were excellent, and there were two fine baskets of English or rather Cape broad beams. Carrots from Cape seed were superior to preceding years; onions and leeks, though few, were large and good and the red beet and salad were in good season. Only two baskets of artichokes were visible, and potatoes very few. Of native vegetables, the pure white and red bringals were most conspicuous ; the celery though good, was not sufficiently blanched. The scene was altogether attractive, and the number of ladies who graced the Hall, rendered it doubly so. Let us hope, now that they have found their way to the Town Hall, they will not consider it beneath their attention to get up a Floricultural exhibition. The highest noblemen and noblewomen' in England compete now for prizes in Horticulture, and it the ladies in India would only set their fair hands and heads to work, we should get on even more rapidly in the flower garden, than we have done in that of the kitchen. We intreat the ladies to give this subject their immediate consideration. We have noble proof of what they can do and have done in furthering the great objects of education, and charity ; let them bestow a very small portion of time and means to “flowers of loveliness,” and we shall not despair of seeing the dahlia, the crocus, ranunculus, moss rose, gumlistus, lavender and the innumerable list of pretty flowers that adorn our English parterres, brought to emulate those in our native land. We understand that the secretary has applied to Messrs. Noble and Sons, of Fleet-street, for a supply of rare flower seeds against next cold season. Among the visitors who were present, we noticed Sir Edward Ryan. Sir John P. Grant and Mrs. Pennington, Captain Hobson of the Royal Navy. Several Officers of His Netherland Majesty's ship of war, Dr. Wallich, &c. The medals and rewards, were distributed by Mrs. Pennington, in the following order.
For the best sample,......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . l 8
CE LERY. For the best sample,. . . . . . . . . ...... - - - - - For the 2d best, ... . For the 3d, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - CABBA Ges. For the best sample, ..... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For the 2d best, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... For the 3d, ... . . . • - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . . . For the best sample of Red Cabbage,....... For the best ditto of Savo 7 ditto,............ Tu as 1Ps. For the best sample, ................ For the 2d best,... For the 3d, . . . . . . . . . . . . - KNole Cole. For the best sample, ... . . . . . . . . . . . . * - - - - For the 21 best, ..... - - - - - - - - - - * * * * - - - - - For the 3d, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - Cannots. For the best sample,..... . . . . . . . For the 2d best, . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - For the 3d, ...... - - - - - - - - - - - - - Artichoke. For the best sample,................ . . . . ... 1 Jerus Alexi Aurichoke. For the best sample, ...... - - - - - - * FR ENch BEANs. For the best sample,...................... Red Beer. For the best sample.............. Leeks. For the best sample,. . . . . . . ............. -Oxioss, For the best sample,........ - - - - - - - - - - - - - *W INDson BEANs. For the best sample,........... For the 2d best, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - ToMATA. For the best sample, , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 4 12 177 For the best sample of Pepper (grown by Mr. R. S. Homfray's Mallee...... - - - For other smaller prizes, .........
- - - - - - - --
Total Medals, Rs..... 12,200 Judges.
Dr. Wallich, Dewan Raucomul Sen, W. Storm and M. F. Gibbon, Esqrs. [Hui kuru, Jan. 13.
secretary be requested to address the Government on the subject, and solicit His Honor the President in Council, to consider whether, for an object fraught with such extensive benefit, and of such general utility, the Government could employ at an early period one of their own vessels in bringing up a supply of seed cane from Otaheite, this society would undertake to distribute it in the most prudent manner, to secure the best possible result from the same, in the sugar cultivation throughout this presidency.”
The following communications were read. From Dr. R. Wight, of Miadras, dated December 21st, transmitting 410 more copies of plates of dye lichens to complete the number required for the transactions, viz. 500, forwarding copy of a correspondence with the Mladras Govern. onent on the subject of lichens, and regretting his inability to surnish more information at present regarding them, but promising to do so, when in his power to procut to it.
The Vice President here called the attention of the meeting to the subject of certain observations made by the secretary in his precis of the meeting of the 8th November, 1837, in a letter from Dr. Wight, of \ladras, to Dr. Wallich, which was read on that occasion, and stated that from letters that had since passed, which h thought it unnecessary to bling forward, he was sorry to say, had given offence to Dr. Wight.
The Vice President then read the extracts and obser vations in question, after hearing which the meetin: was of opinion, that nothing of an offensive nature ap: peared in the secretary's remarks. The secretary, however, observed, that as the remark made in Dr. Wight's communication in the precis of th 8th November meeting, were his own, and not those of the society, he begged to “propose that a minute b. made in the proceedings, to the effect that the paragrap which appeared in the precis of a meeting of the 8t. November might be cancelled, which was assented to From Dr. Wallich, dated December 19th, presentin on the part of Mr. C. Manley, a small quantity of nan kin cotton seed. From Capt. Sanders, Secretary to the Military Board dated December 15th, in reply to the secretary's letter 0 the 8th instant, on the subject of guinea grass, returns th society the thanks of the Board, for the information there. in contained, From Capt. A. Bogle, dated Kyouk Phyoo, Decem. ber 3rd, advising despatch by the Krishna of a parce. containing samples of Arracan rice, together with a lis and prices of the same during the past and present year, and conveying information regarding tilis, the most impor tant staple product of the province.
Stating that he has also forwarded by the same vessel. three bottles of genuine Sanioway tobacco seed ano sugar-cane cut in the island of Itanree, as samples of the cane of Arracan, which seem to be superior to thi common came of Bengal. Asking for a supply of seed paddy, cotton seed, and Otaherite cane, mentions hiendeavours to discover beds of coal, and iron ore, which are known to exist on that coast, and requesting information on the subject of caoutchouc.
From Dr. W. G. Maxwell, dated December, forwarding, for presentation to the society, two large sized colored drawings, from nature, of two species of the tobacco plant, natives of the Northern Circars.
From R. W. Chew, Esq., dated December 18th, forwarding a bunch of juneree, the produce of his garden.
From the Revd. T. Boaz, dated December 21st, forwarding on the part of Capt. A. Bogle, the several ar. ticles alluded to in that gentleman's letter, viz. 3 bottles Sandoway tobacco seed, 3 sugar canes, and a packet containing samples of rice.
From Dr. Wallich, dated December 21st, annexing extract of a letter to his address from Mr. Richards of the Royal Botanic Garden at St. Denis at Bourbon, under date 26th October last, in which that gentleman promises to transmit very shortly a box of cactus with “cocheniller fina,” and 25 cases of Batavian sugar Catle
From Lieut. H. Bigge, Secretary to the Agricultural Society of Assam, dated September 16th, announcing the formation of a branch society at Gowhatti, on the 15th September, under the title of “The Assam Agricultural and Horticultural Society,” and soliciting the aid and advice of the Parent Society, towards furthering the objects of this association.
N. B. The cause assigned in the precis of last month's proceedings, for the delay in acknowledging the receipt of a communication from R. Montgomery, Esq., of Azimgur, is equally applicable to the above letter.
From Major Sleeman, dated “on the Ganges,” December 14th, stating that in accordance with the request conveyed in the secretary's last letter, he has asked Lieut. Brown to transmit, on account of the society's nursery, a good supply of cane from his Jubbulpore plantation, und that the same may be expected to reach the Presilency in the early part of February next.
Conveying, in reply to queries, some. information respecting the Otaheite cane, and mentivning the circumstance, that at Deyrah, a solution of the cedar-oil in water, has been found an effectual preventive to the attack of w i r ants on this species of cane.
From Lieut. Charles Brown, dated Jubbulpore, Deember 7th, intimating his intention of forwarding to the are of R. Lowther, Esq., of Allahabad, 2 hackery loads of Otaheite sugar-cane, from Major Sleeman's plantation.
Stating that he has advised Mr. Lowther of this inended despatch, and has requested that gentleman to ransmit the canes to the society by the first steamer leaing Allahabad. Mentioning that if required, he can end down a further supply next month.
From Dr. H. H. Spry to Dr. Wallich, dated Decemer 17, presenting a small supply of sugar-cane procurd from Car-Nicobar, where it grows in a wild state. 'orwarding a few copies of the proceedings of the Agriultural Committee of the Royal Asiatic Society.
From Dr. Wallich to the secretary, dated December 19, forwarding a letter to his address from Dr. H. H. spry, and stating that the cane therein alluded to (11 in rumber) are in good condition, and have been planted out in the society's nursery. From Lieutenant C. Burnett, dated Beaur, November 29, advising lespatch by dåk banghy of the followng, viz. sample of a species of barley termed “celestial,” ultivated in the vicinity of Beaur; sample of maize grown from American seed forwarded by the society one time ago, and sample of nankin cotton, the produce of Captain Dixon's garden.
Annexing a memorandum regarding the cultivation of the cotton seed supposed to be American (of the proluce of which a sample of cotton has been forwarded, care of Dr. McLean, who may be expected to reach Calcutta in January.
Alludes to the attempts made to introdace the Otaheite sugar-cane in that part of the country, in which they have been frustrated by the depredations of the white ant, and requesting advice, as to the best means of destroying them.
From.R. Watson, Esq., dated December 26, enclosing a letter to his address from Mr. J. C. Warner, dated Guttaul, December 21, on the subject of a second unsuccessful attempt to wind off the silk from another supply
From Government, 3 copies of a pamphlet, containing remarks on the natural resources of the Tena-serim provinces, by Dr. J. W. Helser.
The Hon. Mr. Melville proposes to open a communication with the Highland Society. Their anxiety to obtain the productions particularly of the Himalaya, that gentleman had well ascertained and was sure they will supply in return any product, which may be desired.
The secretary intimated that he had addressed the Highland Society, last year, and had forwarded a copy of this Society's transactions, but he thought there was scarcely time yet to receive a reply. The meeting was unanimous in its anxiety to be placed in communication with that and all societies of a similar nature and Mr. Melville and Dr. Jackson, offered to co-operate in England and Scotland, towards effecting this object. The latter gentleman also offered to procure for this society any books, or information, that were required from England.
The thanks of the society were directed to be offered for the foregoing communications and presentations.
N. B. The society give the foregoing precis of the various letters and papers submitted to them, with a view to their acknowledgment, and for the information of the public without professing to answer for the cer. tainty of the facts, or the propriety of the reasonings theréin contained, which must rest on the credit or judgment of the writers.
John Bell, Secretary, Agricultural and Horticultural Society.
Town Hall, Calcutta, Jan. 10, 1838.
PRoceedings of THE NURSERY coni MitTEE.
A meeting of this committee took place at the resilence of the secretary on Wednesday evening, the 20th December, 1837.
Paesent.—N.Wallich, M. p. ; C. Hufnagle, M. D. , W. F. Gibbon, Esq.; John Bell, Esq.r.
The committee had previously visited the Nursery, and sound the suger-cane, recently planted, coming up very regularly, notwithstanding the continued drought. plot No. 12 of Dr. Huffnagle's plan, was holed ready for the reception of more caue plot No. 14 was being trenched.
Resolved.—That the ripe cane in plot No. 1, be forthwith cut down and planted out in plot No. 12.
Resolved.—That the ground now treuching be reserv'. ed for expected supplies.
Dr. Wallich read an extract of a letter this-day received from Mr. Richard, Superintendent of the Botanical Garden at Bourbon, dated 26th October, 1837, stating that he had piepared a case of cactus, on which he intended to transport to this society, the grandosina ...t, and promising to follow up this despatch by more in the event of accident or failure.
Mr. Richard also informs Dr. Wallich, that he had made ready 25 cases for the reception of Batavia cane, destined for the society's Nursery.
Dr. Wallich informed the committee, that he had a small plantation of the cactus cochinelliser, and in anticipation of this supply of insect, had recently extended it considerably.
In regard to the 25 cases of cane expected, it was
resolved that they be immediately planted out on arrival. dence of W. F. Gibbon,
The secretary read a letter to his address, received from Captain Brown, in charge of Major Sleeman's cane
A meeting of the committee took place at: 5th
Esq., on Friday evening, January, 1838.
Tlantation at Jubbulpore, bearing date 7th December, W. F. Gibbon and John Bell.
intimating his intention in reference to the
secretary's letter of the 24th February last, to despatch in a day or
The committee visited the Nursery, and so" that
two, 2 hackery-loads of canes for the society, to the care with reference to a resolution, passed on the 20th o: of Mr. Lowther at Allahabad, with a request that the the greater portion of the old stock of sugarcane of P latter gentleman would take the first opportunity of for- No. 1, had been cut and planted Out.
warding them by steam to Calcutta.
Read the secretary's reply to Captain Brown, dated 18th December, thanking him for his attention to the wishes of the society, and with reference to the latter para. of his letter, and anticipating the concurrence of
that plots 14, and 15 were mostly trenched, and
the committee and of the society, (as Captain Brown partly dressed with lime.
required immediate notice) soliciting a further supply of
10 hackery-loads, which would make in all, 12 loads.
that the West India ginger roots were now ready to
be taken up.
HOWRAH SEAMEN'S HOSPITAL.
As there are a good many vessels in the river at this periol of the year, an opportunity is perhaps afforded us of effectively drawing attention to the Howrath Seamen's Hospital, and the merit of the party (Mr. J. W. Lin. ton) to whose superintendence it is entrusted. We have before us a small brochure, reciting the advantages of the institution, and exhibiting the names of those captains of of ships who have borne tetimony to its general utility. Of the number of seamen admitted into the Hospital, not less than 1,104 have been cured, between the month of November 1834 and October last. Every thing in
the establishment is conducted on principles of economy without impairing efficiency, and the greatest attention is paid to the comfort of the officer or sailor, who may seek the advantages of the asylum. Dr. Green acts as surgeon and physician to the institution, and the Rev. Mr. Bowyer affords spiritual aid and consolation to the suffering patient. There are besides these gentlemen, other officers attached to the establishment, whose duty it is to attend to the sick tenants. Altogether, the Hospital merits the support of the mercantile and maritime community.-Englishman, Jan. 12.