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.
In reply to T. I.,Hamilton, III., I would state: that the Hoosac Thornless blackberry has proved to be of very little value - I may say, almost, worthless with us. Although it is a moderately good grower, it has not been winter-killed in the least; and I have purposely given it every exposure, subjecting it to severe winds with no covering whatever. It is free from most diseases and comparatively without thorns - (not entirely so, however). The fruit is small and, imperfect,so sparingly produced and so hard and. unpalatable that it is only useful for variety's sake. I esteem the Dorchester and Lawton, or New Rochelle,the two old varieties that we have almost discarded, as of more value than Hoosac-Thornless.