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.
Mr. Butter shows by historical records, that the short-lived character of the Peach in some locations has been a fact for at least a hundred years, and that the "yellows" had probably to do with this character. But Mr. Butter does not believe that there is anything against the permanent character of the tree if its character is well understood; and in this work his "main object is to satisfy the agricultural interests of Pennsylvania that peaches can be grown in the State on a scale commensurate with the demands of our cities and towns, in orchard culture, in larger quantities than they are now or can be raised in the most favored districts of Delaware or Maryland, and can be sent into our markets in better condition and at a much larger profit." It may be said here that Mr. Butter has been one of the most successful peach growers that ever went into the business in the vicinity of Philadelphia, and no one can read the thoughts of a successful man without profit. Not only those who live near Philadelphia, but peach growers everywhere will do well to read Mr. Butter's little book.
He claims that "if (his) instructions are followed by farmers and fruit growers generally, the day is not far distant when eastern Pennsylvania will supply the markets of Philadelphia and New York with better peaches than now come from the celebrated peach districts of Delaware and Maryland."