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.
J. H. P., West Point, Ga., writes: " I send you to-day a present of one small crate of a new variety of peach, originated by me here, and called the Parnell last Saturday by the Atlanta, Ga., Pomological Society at their last meeting. They pronounced it by vote a valuable acquisition. It comes in at the same time or earlier than Hale's Early; it is a freestone peach, of fine color, and does not rot. I would be much obliged if you would give it an editorial in your August number. The box is marked prepaid, so please send the account to me if there are any charges on it, as I lost a very valuable specimen last year when you refused to take the box of peaches, and they were paid before they left here".
[These peaches weighed two ounces, were of a dark rose color, very juicy, excellent flavor, and with a very small, quite free stone, and were examined July 7th, It seems to us to be a very promising early variety, so far as one may judge from fruit alone.
It may be proper here to repeat what we have so often said, that any one sending packages to the editor should address them "Thomas Meehan, Germantown, Phila., Pa. Paid through." We have scarcely had a case where the box was not marked " paid through" that the Adams' Express Company has not insisted that the package was wholly unpaid, or only in part paid. On the particular parcel referred to by J. H. P., $1.60 was demanded. No doubt our correspondents would be all willing to pay all over again if we would receive the parcels and "send them the accounts;" but the trouble and seeming "small-ness" of writing to say that "you owe me a quarter," and so on, is too much for our time and self-respect, especially when all this may be avoided by writing on the box " paid to destination," when pre-paying it. We must adhere to our rule to refuse all packages on which payment is demanded. - Ed. G. M.J