This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Catawissa correspondent writes: " I send you this day, express pre-paid, one box of grapes, seedling of the Salem, but of far better habits. With us the Salem does not ripen its fruit, mildews generally, and is pretty tender for our climate. The grape I send you has proved perfectly hardy with us, does not mildew, is a larger and, we think, a sweeter grape than the Salem. I have kept the grape until the holidays. Would like your opinion of it".
[This is a shorter and wider bunch than the Salem. The flavor was delicious. It is the nearest approach to a well ripened Black Hamburg grape that we remember to having come before us. The fruit has the same fleshy (as distinct from pulpy) character. - Ed. G. M J