The traveler who thus wrote was Rev. B. F. Tefft, D. D., the editor whose Tracks covered a journey from Cincinnati, O., to Bangor, Me., and return.
In this section quoted from, he described Boston and suburbs as seen from the State House cupola, and in another place we find that Captain Rich was of Brookline.
He visited Bath, Me., and mentions its ship-building, but as inferior to that of Medford in amount.
His publication at New York and Cincinnati, 1840-1877, was that devoted to literature and religion issued by the Book Concern of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and held the esteem of the people as the queen of the monthlies.
It would seem that such a one as he would not be imposed on by any fake, and now, after sixty-eight years, we wonder (to use his word) if Medford had then a Luther Burbank, as we later knew, to our sorrow and cost, of Professor Leopold Trouvelot, of gypsy-moth fame.
Who of our horticultural friends can throw any light on this long-ago incident?