This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. T. V. Munson, Denison, Texas, under date of November 10th, 1881, writes : To-day I mail you a specimen (medium or under) of a new Peach originating in this Grayson Co., several years ago, and which has fruited several times. It is not yet ripe. For fear of losing the remaining fruit on the tree, by theft or otherwise, they were taken off to be sent to a few competent judges for opinions of its merits. When fully ripe it has a bright carmine cheek where exposed. It matures here (N. Lat. 34°) from November 1st to loth, and exceeds in size and quality any other cling Peach of its season I know of in the South. It first appeared in a large orchard in eastern part of the County, belonging to A. H. Shirley, but was brought to the notice of our North Texas Horticultural Society by Mr. Z. P. Stoneman.
The society wished me to send samples to a few parties for a critical opinion as to its quality, etc. Downing has been requested to name it and give classical description if worthy. The tree is vigorous and like the Heath to which it seems allied, sufficiently productive. This is its northern limit of ripening, but through the Gulf States and especially in Southern California, it ought to do well. It is so firm, even when fully ripe, it can be shipped almost any distance. It shows no signs of rot. It often reaches ten inches and over in circumference. The fall here has been too cloudy and wet for it to acquire high color or its usual sweetness.
[This fine Peach weighed six ounces. If Mr. Downing thinks it sufficiently distinct from the late white Peaches already in existence, to describe it, we should be glad to have the name. - Ed. G. M].