This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
On May 17th we received a basket of excellent pears from Dr. G. W. Russell, of Hartford, Conn., with the following note: "I leave a basket of seedling pears, seedlings from the B. d'Arenberg, which I have raised. Have fruited for several years; a very good keeper, as you will see, and keeping until May every year. Very good for baking; occasionally fair for dessert. Seed planted 1857. Please give them a trial by baking. Good bearer; healthy growers. There are already too many pears by hundreds - perhaps this is one of them - but few keep so long and so easily as this".
It was really so very good for eating that it was a great temptation to overlook the request to bake them, which was however done. In former times the Beurre D'Arenberg was one of the most popular with the old German settlers at Germantown, near Philadelphia, and there were many seedlings from it in cultivation when the writer settled there some thirty years ago. Of these the Potts pear and the Quince pear are, we think, possibly in existence yet. The Quince pear has similar characters with this, very much like it in appearance, and would keep till midsummer if desirable, though in use for cooking purposes the whole winter long. We have not had any of them quite so good to eat as this one. Another good point in its favor was that the trees always bore full crops every year. In the fall of the year the rich golden fruit gave the tree the appearance of being freely decorated with quinces, from whence its name. Notwithstanding Mr. Russell's suggestion that there are too many varieties, this is a good class to look after, and we think there is plenty of room for the " Russell" pear.