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.
With your permission I would like to reply to Mr. E. S. N., of Chattanooga, in August number. He objects to our round shape of the genuine Wild Goose Plum. We consider Chas. Downing good authority as a pomologist. In his forms or shapes of pears, says globular or ovate, both of which will apply to the true Wild Goose Plum, as you will find both those forms on the same tree, perhaps a majority ovate. Mr. E. S. N. says oval. If we take Webster's definition - oval, egg shape, we protest, as the true Wild Goose Plum is not egg shape. I am at a loss to know how the above gentleman can infer from my article I claimed or said, "our common old field plum was the Wild Goose," or that "we did not graft or bud." No respectable nursery man would send out a seedling as genuine. He also objects to our statement - "thick as blackberries." So they are in West Tennessee at least; may not be, however, in his section.
In speaking of peach pits you inquire, if of different size. Mr. E. S. N. replies: " Some of the fruit is large and some small, so also the seeds are in like proportion, large and small." We would also call your attention to the fact, that it is not always the case that the largest peaches have the largest seed; for instance, the Heath Cling is a very large peach, and has a very small seed, less than many peaches, not of half the size.