This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Among the many numbers and varieties of the Rogers Hybrid Grapes, my attention has this day (29th September) been called by Professor J. R. Kirtland to an examination of one under designation as No. 8. The vine growing in the Professor's grounds is strong and vigorous, with broad, thick, and coarse foliage, which has so far never exhibited any signs of disease. The appearance of the grape is most attractive, and the eating of it I think could not but convince any one of the truth of its being a hybrid, and that Black Hamburgh was one of its parents. The superiority of this grape, as now shown me, taken in connection with the fact that it has received little or no notice, has induced me to make the accompanying drawing and description, that other growers of it may note, compare, and write. Bunch large, the berries rather loose, with long, stout peduncles. Berries large, oblong rounded, some nearly or quite round. Color, unless fully ripe, an amber red, but the fully matured berries a deep coppery red. Bloom, light gray or whitish. Flesh, sweet, juicy, with but a slight tinge of foxiness, and almost entirely free of pulp. Skin, about the same thickness as Catawba, but has little or none of the as-tringcncy or harshness of that variety.
Seeds large, long oval_light brown.
Fig. 174. - Rogers' No. 8 Grape.