This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", 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.
They were both raised from seed by Mr Thomas Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, and are thus described by him: - "Lord Palmerston - Very large, the largest of Peaches; skin creamy white, with a pink cheek; flesh firm, yet melting, very juicy and rich. It was raised from the Princess of Wales Peach, and resembles in its size and beauty its grandparent the monstrous Pavie of Pompone; flowers very large and beautiful; glands nearly round: season, from middle to end of September. It clings slightly to the stone unless fully ripe. Princess of Wales - Very large, one of the largest Peaches known, and one of the most beautiful, its colour cream, with a rosy cheek; melting, rich, and excellent; ripens just before Desse Tardive, and is very valuable; flowers very large and beautiful; glands round." When at Lord Eversley's charming place at Heckfield, near Reading, some weeks ago, we saw both these fine Peaches. The former was growing in an early Peach-house, and we were informed by Mr Wildsmith, the gardener at Heckfield, that he had gathered a large crop of magnificent fruits, some of them of great size, yet combined with the finest quality.
Pi'incess of Wales was growing on a south wall in the kitchen-garden, and bearing a large crop: this was of a fine appearance, and truly "melting, rich, and excellent".