This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Mr James Hamilton of Carlisle has long been celebrated for Cucumber growing, but more particularly for carefully hybridising and raising fine varieties. He is this year growing very extensively a variety which is the result of a cross from Deans' Prolific fertilised with the Duke of Connaught. It is the most handsome Cucumber we have ever seen, and is of excellent flavour. It grows to an average length of 18 inches, is entirely destitute of shank or shoulder, is smooth and even in its growth. As a rule, it produces three fruits to every joint, which swell rapidly to maturity in succession. Taken as a whole, we consider this the best Cucumber we have ever met with, and predict that it must become a great favourite of Cucumber growers.