This came from Mr James Dickson, gardener to John Jardine, Esq., Arkelton. The Messrs Lane had a wonderfully large bunch of Muscat of Alexandria. Muscat Hamburg was well shown by Mr David Morrison, Mr Bryden, and by Mr James Turner, gardener to Mark Sprott, Esq., Biddle. For the best pair of Mrs Pince's Muscat, Mr Meredith had extra fine samples, large in size, fine in formation of bunch, and well finished - much better than any exhibited by his compeers. It looks valuable as a variety. Mr James Douglas and Mr John M'Donald, gardener to Mrs Sharp Erskine, Duni-inarle Castle, had the other lots. Mr Thomson had the best assortment of varieties of Black Hamburgs, comprising Richmond Villa, a small but finely-hammered berry; Old Black, a little larger and redder in the tinge; a seedling black, much inclined to shoulder, fine bloom; Champion, smaller than we have seen it; and Dutch. Mr Johnston, who had the second collection, had the Mill Hill variety, fine in colour, in addition to some of those named above. In the collection of Muscats Mr Ingram had the largest bunches, and Mr Thomson the smallest in the ripest condition.

The lots comprised Escholata, loosely arranged in bunch; Tottenham Park, Bowood, Candia, Tynninghame, the least ripe of the group; and Canon Hall. Mr Thomson also exhibited the White Lady Downes in very promising condition, but unripe.

Respecting the exhibition of Grapes, the ' Nottinghamshire Guardian' says: "Messrs Lane & Sons, the great nurserymen of Berkhampstead, are generally considered first-class Grape-growers. They entered splendid Grapes in eight classes, and gained only one third prize; while many who went down with high hopes of success got no prize at all. In the contest for flavour, it will be seen the prizes fell to the Muscat Hamburg and Mr Thomson's Duchess of Buccleuch. This, in point of flavour, is doubtless an exquisite Grape, and it is also a free-bearing kind, with bunches of good size; but the smallness of the berry is, and ever must be, a drawback upon its general cultivation. Mrs Pince's Black Muscat, which some of our friends are finding much fault with, was shown in splendid condition by Mr Meredith. We believe it to be strictly a winter Grape; for, planted side by side with the Muscat of Alexandria and other kinds, with the advantage of bottom-heat to the border, we find it to be still some weeks from being ripe, while the Muscats are shrivelling. We are also convinced the variety requires ample room for development, and that, grown upon the extension principle, a Vine or two to a house, it will prove the best and most useful New-year's Grape in cultivation.

We ask those who are condemning it prematurely to 'cease their railing,' and our prognostication will be verified".

In the collections of fruits, which formed a very fine feature of the Exhibition, twenty sorts, by Mr Stevens, gardener to the Duke of Sutherland, Trentham, won the first prize. In this group were good Providence and Queen Pines, very fine Black Hamburg Grapes, excellent Muscats, and some others of less note; a beautiful cluster of Banana, in matured condition, Brown Turkey and Lee's Perpetual Figs, the usual varieties of Peaches and Nectarines, good Persian and Trentham Hybrid Melons, Coe's Golden Drop Plum, Moorpark Apricot, Raspberries, Strawberries, and Cherries. The small fruit was shown in dishes, the large in boxes, and the whole was well arranged. The second prize was awarded to Mr Johnstone, gardener to the Earl of Strathallan, who had magnificent Grapes. Mr Thomson, Dalkeith, was placed third with a beautifully-arranged assortment in a square" box, divided into several compartments. It consisted of Queen and Prickly Cayenne Pines, a pair of Dalkeith Park Melons, fronted with Golden Champion, in grand order as to form and colour; then Alicante, Muscat of Alexandria, Mrs Pince's, Buckland Sweetwater, and Black Hamburg, all very good.

In front of these again were good Victoria and Prince of Wales Plums, Bellegarde Peaches in fine style, Pitmarston Orange Nectarine, and several of the small fruits, which latter weakened the collection considerably. Mr Ingram, gardener to the Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle, was placed fourth; he put up a most creditable assortment.

In the collection of 16 sorts, Mr Mathieson, gardener to the Hon. Mrs Villiers, Tulliallan, had a very fine assortment, nicely arranged, and shown in chip baskets, suitably garnished; it comprised excellent Black Hamburg, Muscat, and Black Morocco Grapes, Scarlet Gem Melons, extraordinarily fine Barrington, and very fine-coloured Early Crawford and Royal Peaches; Violet Hative and Tawny Nectarines, the latter in grand colour; Moorpark Apricot, Kirke's Seedling, and Magnum Bonum Plums (the latter three grown in pots), and Morello Cherries. Mr Lees, gardener to the Earl of Haddington, Tynninghame, had good Hamburg and Muscat Grapes; some fine Peaches, Apricots, Plums, and Pears. Mr Temple, gardener to J. Balfour, Esq. of Balbirnie, had, in addition to good Grapes, fine Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, and a Trentham Hybrid Melon. Mr John Laing, gardener to R. Cathcart, Esq., Pitcairlie, had among his lot good Brown Turkey Figs. Mr James Philips, gardener to J. H. Barton, Esq., Stapleton Park, Pontefract; Mr James Mitchell, gardener to Sir D. Baird, Newbyth; Mr M'Millan, gardener to Lord Blantyre, Erskine House, and several others, had excellent lots that required to be passed over.

In collections of 12, Mr Cowe, gardener to Capt. Hope, Luffuess; Mr M'Indoe, gardener to the Archbishop of York; and Mr Lowe, Sauchie House, had fine lots of large stone-fruit.

Especially about the table containing the collections of 20 fruits did the crowd of visitors congregate; and no wonder, for in themselves they constituted a fine show of fruit.

Of Pine-apples, Charlotte Rothschild, from Mr Miles, gardener to Lord Carring-ton, "Wycombe Abbey, Bucks, was very good indeed, and some good Queens came from several sources. Mr Carmichael, gardener to H.R. H. the Prince of Wales, Sandringham, King's Lynn, sent a fine group, not for competition, consisting of the Moscow Queen and three fine fruits of the Queen Pines, to which a special first prize was awarded; also a good bunch of the Champion Muscat Grape, so well shown by him at Manchester in July last.