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.
C. P., Beaver Dam, Wis., says: " I send you by this mail a specimen of a valuable Gooseberry, claimed to be a seedling raised in Vermont and brought to Wisconsin about twelve years since, but the originator had persistently refused to let so much as a cutting go out of his hands, but after his death, one year ago, I purchased the entire stock from his-widow, and now find on their bearing that I have several varieties, some of them worthless, some fair specimens, this, however, is the best and largest of the kinds. I had noticed this one carefully for several years, while in the hands of the originator, and never discovered any signs of mildew on it, while all the English varieties thus far tested have mildewed more or less every year, so I conclude this must be an American seedling. Please give me your opinion. I regret that the berries are not ripe, but the probability is if not sent at this stage of growth they would not be sent at all, as we are tormented with fruit theives so that it is very difficult to get a specimen of any new or valuable fruit left until fully ripe".
[These are of the English race of Gooseberries, and, as we said of Mr. Rowe's seedling, if it continues free of mildew it will be a valuable addition. All experience so far has been against the English Gooseberry and in favor of the American in resisting mildew. Now and then when an English kind finds its roots in a cool place it does very well. It is by no means unusual to see occasional plants of English Gooseberry free of mildew].