On another point, the author of an elaborate and beautiful essay in one of our quarterly publications, throws out some intimations, respecting the justice of which there may be various opinions.
He suggests that the appearance of cultivated flowers in the enclosure is not at first entirely in keeping with the associations of the place.
Every thing that is not indigenous to the spot, seems as though it must be of an unnatural or sickly nature.
There may be some reason, he says, for placing a particular flower or shrub at the grave of a friend; but the rearing of flowers for mere ornament, or for any other purpose than the one just specified, seems like life amidst corruption, or the intrusion of art amidst the wildness of nature.
Whatever exception may be taken to these strictures by any admirers of floral cultivation, controversy respecting it may well be spared, since the plan of any considerable or conspicuous Botanical establishment, to be connected with the Cemetery
, (as the reader of the history of Mount Auburn
will have noticed was
the design,) has, as we understand, been long since abandoned.
One of the most remarkable in every respect of the monuments at Mount Auburn
will be likely to attract the visitor's notice-notwithstanding the charms of sweet little Garden Pond
which he leaves on his left-before he has advanced far up the principal avenue leading from the gate-way into the midst of the grounds.
This is the tomb of Spurzheim
;--an elegant but plain oblong sarcophagus, erected by subscription, and bearing no other inscription than the simple name.
The location, as well as the beauty of this monument, is well adapted, as it was proper it should be, to attract