This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
No trees have disappointed us like pears. They frequently bear a good crop a few years and then fail. That most excellent pear, the Lawrence, is generally cracking and covered with a fungus like its-reputed parent, the White Doyenne; and Vicar is scarce worth growing. We have one variety that has never failed; it is hardy as an oak, leaves hang on through the season, and the fruit is pretty good. It is but little cultivated, but the Meriam will pay us, I believe, better than any other variety.