I have lately seen in several papers, articles on the basket wPlow,and in your last paper you give the amount paid for the loreign arti. cleo There is perhaps not a place in the country where the willow could be cultiva ted to as good advantage as on our alluvial meadows along the Connecticut river. It grows here spontaneous of all sizes and sorts from the fine seedling to the coarse, which is just fit tor hampers. There is no attention paid to it here, except to clear it out of the land, which is a work of much labor. I have seen the finest work made frem it, of all kinds, from the most beautifal fancy baskets, to the largest and best willow cradles. There is a celebrated basket maker here, who makes all his work lrom those willows; he has been all over Europe, and he has repeatedly told me that there is no place where he has ever been, where willows grow so fine and good as here. His prepared willows have often been exhibited at our fairs, and as far as I could judge, were of very superior quality. Any quantity can be gathered in our mea. dows. Yours, W. Bigelow. Hartford, Conn., Feb. 14th 1853.
This article was originally published with the title "Basket Willows"