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.
See cut.- By P. H. Foster, Babylon, L. I.- "The Marshall pear, is not a new candidate for public favor, being an old fruit of superior quality, that has not been pushed into notice as its merits deserve. It originated in Cambridge, Washington Co., N. Y., on the farm of Wm. Marshall, some forty years ago, and at present is only known on Long Island. I have grown it a few years, and fruited it this summer; find it in every particular to correspond with the description given it by my friend, whose language I will give:"
Deer Park, L. I., December 13, 1875.
Mr. P. H. Foster: - Dear Sir: As you request I will give you a bit of the history, and my opinion of the Marshall pear. While in Washington Co., I procured some grafts, which I have had growing for a number of years. Since they have come into bearing, have cropped them three years in succession. The tree is a moderate grower, forming a top much like an apple; fruit above medium, bell-shape, greenish russet becoming yellowish when ripe, thin skin; flesh white and buttery; flavor neither sweet nor sour; ten days after the Bartlett; juicy; is as good a bearer, and a better fruit. I consider it the best pear for general cultivation. Tree perfectly hardy; fruit smooth and fair, does not crack or canker, is universally admired by all who have seen it growing, or tasted when ripe.
Respectfully yours, etc,
J. T. Whipple.