This little filler takes a metaphor just about as far as it should go, in a piece of domestic advice that would have been foreign in the early years of Robert Merry's Museum.

GARDENING FOR LADIES (from Robert Merry's Museum, November 1863, p. 147)

An excellent system of gardening for ladies: Make up your beds early in the morning; sew buttons on your husband's shirts; do not make up any grievances; protect the young and tender branches of your family; plant a smile of good temper in your face; and carefully root out all angry feelings, and expect a crop of happiness.

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