Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “[Notice of The Young Gardiner’s Assistant],” Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, vol. 4, no. 12, March 18, 1840, p. 2, col. 4


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[page 2, column 4:]

We perceive by the advertisement in another column, that our friends Hirst and Dreer, have issued a very excellent work on the Kitchen Nursery, Fruit and Flower Garden, and other branches of the Farm department, called the YOUNG GARDINERS ASSISTANT, by Thomas Bridgeman, of New York. It is for sale at their Seed store, No. 97 Chesnut street. Among other important matters it contains the celebrated discovery on “Terra-Culture,” as described in Senate Document No. 23, of the 3d Session of the 25th Congress, and therein estimated at hundreds of millions of day’s labor, and “worth more to the community than all the discoveries of the present age combined — the application of steam not excepted.” For the purchase of which secret an application has been made to the 26th Congress, by the discoverer, for a sum equal to five cents from each individual of the United States, or about a million dollars of our resources.

 


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Notes:

This notice was first attributed to Poe by Clarence S. Brigham, Edgar Allan Poe’s Contributions to Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, 1943, pp. 59-60.


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