This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
C. B., Hightstown, N. J., writes: "We send you by mail a small box of plums of the Chickasaw family we think, also one Miner, marked so on the wrapper, to test. The plums are nearly all too hard yet; let them ripen before testing. This plum has been grown here for years, and is as near curculio-proof as possible, much more so than Wild Goose; it bears enormous crops of fruit, and when fully ripe is of very fair quality; our object in sending this is for you to compare it with Bassett's American, which we presume you have seen and tested; we never have, and would like to know if it is any better than the one we send; there are only two points it can excel it in, are size and flavor, and this is what we wish you to decide. It was brought to our notice some years ago; we never have sent it out, but have seen none of its class yet that excels it in every quality".
[This is a very pretty plum, the color being deep crimson. The flavor was very good; indeed it is the first native plum brought to our attention that it seems fair to compare with some of the good plums of the foreign race. Whether these plums were exceptionably sweet from some unusual cause we cannot decide, for plums will often change their general character for better or for worse when kept some time. We may at least say if it is always as good as those before us it is a good addition to our list of native plums. It is much darker than Bassett's Plum, and about equal to Bassett's in size. As to comparative flavor, we have none at hand to compare it with. - Ed. G. M].