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.
"W. G. B." says : "One of your correspondents, on page 120, April number, seems disposed to set at defiance all authority as to the orthography of papaw. We are accustomed to follow Webster. Those who prefer botanical authority may consult Drs. Gray, Lindley, Darling ton and others, all of whom agree with Webster. We do occasionally hear a person pronounce the word pawpaw, as we sometimes hear the second month called Febuary, but in both cases our inference is that he who uses such pronuncia tion is ignorant of the true spelling".
[It should be remembered that the correspondent referred to is quite as much an "authority" as any now mentioned. Webster is not always right. - Ed. G. M].