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.
P. D. S., Hartford, writes: -
"I sent you to-day through the post office a small box with a pear of a variety, I think, unknown, having never seen it at any of our pomo-logical exhibitions. I esteem it one of the very best late keeping"Winter pears. Of its beauty and quality you can judge for yourself. This variety came into my possession some 10 or 12 years since. A friend living in the city of New York knowing that I was interested in pear culture, stated to me that there was growing on his uncle's place, in the upper part of the city, a very old pear tree, which they had just discovered was a very choice Winter variety. The family had always been in the practice of cooking the pears in the Fall of the year, thinking them a common cooking pear, but accidentally a quantity of them was put into a trunk and placed away in a dark closet, and were left until sometime in the month of February, when upon opening the trunk they were much surprised to see the pears fully ripened,and of a beautiful golden color. I obtained a few grafts from this original tree, and do not know that any were given to any other party. I have distributed a few of the grafts to friends in our city, some of whom have fruited it, and are much pleased with them.
Should it prove to be a new or unknown variety I have thought to give it the name of"Rescue," presuming that the original tree has disappeared in the extension of the city of New York, and that it has been rescued from extermination through the few grafts obtained by me. The pear that I have sent is one of the largest that I have grown, being above the average size. Should the pear come to you in a good condition, I should be pleased to have your views respecting it.
[It came to hand early in January. It is something in the way of Beurre Diel, but superior to any other variety we have met with for many years. It is not known to us, and we can say that as to size, flavor and general appearance it is a truly first-class fruit. - Ed. G. M].