| "Miniature Trees" (1885):
The dwarf trees of China are the great curiosities of the forestry[sic]. Every child knows how the Chinese cramp their women's feet by bandaging them while they are infants, and thus render it impossible for them to walk. It is, however, wonderful to see minature oaks, chestnuts, pines and cedars growing in flower pots, 50 years old and yet not a foot high. A friend of mine, who is an invalid and confined to his room, has been, during several years past, amusing himself, among other matters, with the cultivation of dwarf trees, and he has succeeded admirably. He takes a young plant, cuts the tap root, and places it in a basin in which there is good soil kept well watered. If it grows too rapidly he digs down and shortens in several roots. Every year the leaves grows smaller, and the little dwarf trees make interesting pets, just as some people raise canary birds, and others, squirrels. 1
The Agassiz Association Journal (Lynn, MA), Volume 1, No. 2,
July, 1885, in the "Botany" section, pg.
On the last page of Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Agassiz Association Journal it is stated that "In Botany [section] we have secured the service of a well-known botanist, who will do his best to entertain those who will hear him through the columns of this magazine." That botanist is apparently otherwise unnamed, and thus his invalid friend and location -- other than presumably in the United States -- is unlisted. So far we have not been able to do any follow-up on that friend's attempts at dwarfing trees.
The third sentence is almost verbatim from the brief Friends Intelligencer article of a year before.