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|The Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste, Vol. 7 of 12: Devoted to Horticulture, Landscape Gardening, Rural Architecture, Botany, ... January to December, 1857 (Classic Reprint)
by J. Jay Smith
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As he brought a great number of letters of recommendation to different noble men and gentlemen of landed property, many of them from Dr. Coventry, he was soon extensively employed as a landscape-gardener; his journal is filled with accounts of his tours in various parts of England. It is curious, in turning over his memoranda, to find how many improvements suggested themselves to his active mind, which he was unable, from various circumstances, to carry into effect at the time, but which, many years afterwards, were executed either by himself or by other persons, who, however, were unaware that he had previously suggested them. Throughout his life, similar occurrences were continually taking place; and nothing was more common than for him to find persons taking the merit to themselves of inventions which he had suggested years before. When this happened, he was frequently urged to assert his prior claim; but he always answered, that he thought the person who made an invention useful to the public, had more merit than its original contriver; and that, in fact, so long as the public were benefited by any invention of his, it was perfectly indifferent to him who had the merit Of it. There never lived a more liberal and thoroughly public-spirited man than Mr. London. He had not a single particle of selfishness in his disposition, and in all his actions he never took the benefit they would produce to himself into consideration. When writing a book, his object was to obtain the best possible information on the sub jcet he had in hand; he was never deterred from seeking this by any considera tions of trouble or expense.
That these feelings inﬂuenced him from the time of his first arrival in England, may be traced in every page of his Journal; that they continued to inﬂuence him to the last day Of his life, was only too evident to every one around him at that mournful period.
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