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.
We have before us some specimens of Mr. Roe's Seedling Gooseberry, and a marked copy of circular stating that it "is as large as the best English varieties, and has never mildewed for fifteen years." Professor Thurber's opinion of it is also quoted, but we note that he simply says " it is much larger than our native sorts," which is correct, for with Professor Thurber's botanical knowledge he could not call this a seedling of the native species. Unfortunately, the fact that it has never mildewed for fifteen years is no proof that it never will. All experience has shown that the foreign class of gooseberries are unreliable in this respect. We hope it may never mildew. Nothing would please us better than that Mr. Roe had been fortunate to find just this mildew-proof foreign kind. But our duty to our readers will not allow us to hold out this hope.