This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Nothing surprises an American more than the manner in which even intelligent European writers speak of the geography of this continent. Writing of Crataegus glan-dulosa, one of the best informed of European botanists tells the reader that it is a native of "the Eastern States of North America," which may mean anywhere between Labrador and the Gulf of Darien, in not the tenth part of which line is that Crataegus found. The trouble seems to be the failure to comprehend that the words "United States" are in the third person singular, as the grammarians would say. The writer should have said, "The Eastern portions of the United States," or rather Northeastern, for within these limits is this pretty hawthorn only found.