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.
" S." writes: "On page 23 of the ' Account of the Meeting of the Descendants of Col. Thomas White, of Maryland (the father of Bishop White), held at Sophia's Dairy, on the Bush River, Md., June 7th, 1877,' Mr. William White Wiltbank, in speaking of the early settlers of Maryland, says:"
"His artificial light was yielded by candles made of a hard, brittle wax, of a curious green color, that was gotten from the berry of the myrtle growing at the mouth of rivers, and found free from grease, and very pleasant to the smell after a careful cooking. These tapers were sometimes extinguished, that the sweetly-perfumed smoke might fill the room".
Can you tell me the plant that was used, or rather the plant that bore the berry that was used in making wax for candles, and that was so fragrant?
[The wax referred to was prepared from the Bay-berry, or Wax-berry Myrtle, Myrica cerifera. It is the wax to which recent reference was made in a note on the colored candles used for Christmas trees. As far as we know these wax candles are still made from this species, of vegetable wax - Ed. G. M].