This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The first two are ripening now, July 4th. They began June 28th. Early Beatrice is following close, but is behind; and it is much more behind the former two in size and attractiveness, than in time of ripening. We relinquish it without regret, since we have Alexander, and Amsden's June. We cannot do without either of these, though they are very much alike, both in tree and fruit. Glands globose, and flowers large; the same in both. Alexander has probably somewhat the advantage in size, while Amsden may be the greater bearer. Not that Alexander is at fault in this latter respect; but Amsden is a profuse bearer, requiring thinning. Yet in another season this may be reversed. Both are of good size, very attractive, and of "very good" quality. They are from original sources, and undoubtedly true to name.
For latitude 39° 40', fine ripe Peaches the first week in July is certainly a long step in advance of twenty-five years ago, when the writer had fairly begun to collect fruits.