This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It will be recollected that a few years ago I expressed in the Monthly a desire to have my seedling grapes tried farther south, in a climate where they would attain perfect maturity. Nothing, however, was done to secure such a trial, and I am, therefore, unable to send to the Exhibition, in Horticultural week, ripe specimens of these fruits. I regret this exceedingly, for I think the varieties I have raised ought to be known - to be seen and tasted - especially so, as I see the Pomological Society's Report states that only the Clinton and Concord succeed, generally, and they are only tolerable in quality; certainly they are not hardier nor so good or early as many of my seedlings.
I am on the sea coast, about midway between those cool summer resorts; Cape Ann and Hampton Beaches, and the fruit will not generally ripen here before the last week in September, and many varieties still later.
I have put sashes over some varieties, and they may be well colored by the 10th of September, and if they are, I can bring some of them to the Exhibition, in case, only, it should be worth while to expose them to view; for a fortnight more upon the vine will be needed to enable any one to form a correct opinion of their qualities.
I shall try to send an assortment of thirty to fifty varieties about October 1st, and regret that the members of the American Pomological Society cannot examine them when mature.
I will remark that during the last five years I have sent some ten or a dozen varieties to the most prominent horticulturists in this country, and last autumn I sent ten varieties to Dr. Robt. Hogg, of London, the highest authority in such matters in Great Britain ; and all to whom they were sent have expressed the opinion that they possessed desirable qualities. If this opinion is correct, it is a public misfortune that they are not known and distributed in all parts of the country.
[We may explain to our readers that Mr. Haskell's position is that, as the raiser of a desirable fruit, he should have his reward by a patent right. But why wait for that? They who have good articles raise large numbers, and then advertise them for sale. It may be said that every person who raises a good fruit does not want to go into the nursery business. In that case, sell the stock to one who is. But again it may be objected, "but they will not give near what we think it is worth." This may be quite true, and yet we do not see how a patent right would help it. As a nurseryman the writer of this would not give one cent more for a "patent right," with a new plant, or fruit, than he would give for the whole stock itself; nor do we know of any one who would. - Ed G. M.]