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.
W. L. M., Frederick City, Md., writes, July 11th: " I send you today by express, specimens of a new peach, which originated in this county, and which may prove a valuable acquisition to the pomological wealth of the country.
"It is said, by the gentleman with whom it originated, to be a seedling of a yellow peach, which was itself a seedling. The tree is now five years • old and in perfect health, fruited last year bearing five; this season it bore thirty; the first were ripe on the fourth of July, the balance are ripe at this date.
" The largest were taken off and given away before I saw them, two of them measuring 8 and 8 1/2 inches in circumference respectively. Those I send you were taken off the tree yesterday forenoon, the 10th inst., and were the largest that were then on, but I think little if any more than a fair average in size. The smaller one, I fear, will be rotten before it reaches you, as it was bruised while on the tree, and the juice has been weeping from it.
"Please let me have your opinion of them as compared with the Amsden, Alexander and other new varieties."
[Not having Amsden, Hale's Early, or other fruits from the same locality, we cannot speak comparatively, but can say it is one of the best early peaches we have had this year, and we have had some first-class ones.
We do not know but the peach is playing some pranks on us this season. On the writer's own grounds, Hale's Early, Troth's Early and Early York all came in together, no difference whatever between them. The trees seem all equally healthy. Last year, in the same trees, Hale's Early was much in advance. - Ed. G. M.]