This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent of the London Journal of Horticulture, thus braves American pear growers as to the size of their fruit:" We have from time to time read in the newspapers surprising accounts of the enormous size pears and apples have reached in California and other favored places in the United States, but I had no idea that we possessed in England either a climate or a soil sufficiently fertile to produce pears rivalling the fruits of our brother Jonathan. A few days ago I received from Carmarthenshire a box of specimen pears of such unusual size and beauty, that I think they are worthy of being noticed in the pages of our Journal.
Easter Beurre, 1 lb. 1 oz.; Beurre Superfine, 1 lb. 1/2 oz.; Durandeau, 14 1/2 ozs.; Beurre d'Anjou, 12 ozs. Marie Louise, 12 1/4 ozs.; Winter Nelis, 101/2 ozs.;
Gansel's Seckle, 8 ozs.; Zephirin Gregoire, 6 3/4 ozs.; Doyenne du Cornice, 1 lb. 6 1/4 ozs.
This last magnificent specimen measured 13 1/2 inches every way. These pear trees were not delicately nurtured under glass in an orchard house and fed with stimulants, but they grew in the open air, and carried full crops of fruit. The Marie Louise last year produced upwards of 640 fruit, and has yielded another very large crop this year.