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.
Mr. Blodget writes: "When I left my house this morning I did not expect to send you the hastily-collected grapes I have just put in the express, but I opened them at Mr. Marot's, and, at his suggestion, send them.
"The most of them are Rogers' No. 9 (Lindley), and part of a crop of 3,000 bunches grown on one vine this year - half more than in 1883.
" I think them the best of their class - the best grape in cultivation, in fact. These have been fairly ripe since August 20th. I gathered the first on August 15th. There is no waste, rotting, or loss of any kind, except a few hybrids.
"The large black grapes are Rogers' No. 19. There are two bunches of Concords and two of Dianas - old ones, taken from my residence, 246 South Eighth street, when I removed to Broad street, in 1865.
" I cannot grow most of the Northern sorts, nor the Isabellas or Catawbas. I have seven faithful sorts, but above all others in value is this Rogers' No. 9.
"All these I now send were cut from under or pendent twigs about thirty feet east of the main stem; the portion which blew down and caused my broken arm on the 1st of July. Larger grapes and finer bunches hang now on the western extension 110 feet from these, or 80 feet westward (these are eastward), and on the fourth story of the main dwelling".
[We had no idea the Lindley was so very fine a grape. We have thought very few grapes of modern times equal to an old-fashioned, healthy and well-ripened Catawba, but we found that good character here. It was much better than the other kinds named, sent with them. - Ed. G. M].