"M. W. C." writes: "You will please find a small box of apples by express, prepaid. Not that these are better or finer than any other apple in these days, but that they are very old, of many years standing, without a name. As far as my knowledge extends, I think they were some of the first apples introduced in this neighborhood. I have seen them at several old homesteads where the buildings were all gone but the old apple trees were still bearing tolerable fruit. Not grafted; fruit trees commence to bear young. Now what I claim for this apple is that it is long-lived. There are trees on our place that have been planted sixty years, and to my certain knowledge have not been cultivated for forty-five years, yet are still in a state of tolerable preservation, bearing a good crop of medium-sized apples every alternate year. The tree is not of a very nice growth, rather open, very tough and strong. I never saw a branch break, but will bend to the ground without breaking. A good apple to bake does not need much sugar. Fine older apple, good keeper, ripens with the horse apple, and keeps much longer.

I think it would make a good fall apple in the North. If you have the same apple with you I would like to have the name, and you can test the apples and let me have your opinion".

[These were certainly very fine apples. They were, however, so very much like Sweet Bough that it was difficult to find any difference, except that one might say they were very fine specimens if they had been given to us as really that variety. They are in season in North Carolina in September. - Ed. G. M].