Mr. Editor, - Having read in the Horticulturist, of 1858, an account of the Hybridization of the Grape, by Mr. Edward S. Rogers, of Salem, and recently seen some fine specimens of the fruit on exhibition here, I was induced to make a trip down there, for the purpose of examining the vines, and would like especially to give you a brief notice of one of the best, No. 15, growing in the garden of Mr. William H. Harrington. He informed me it was three years and a quarter old from the bud; the second year making a strong growth, showing two or three small bunches of fruit.

The past season has given ample evidence of its quality and comparative merits with many of the new and old kinds of hardy grapes. It has been the object of much interest and attention, and visited frequently by many gardeners and horticulturists in the vicinity, such as Col. Wilder, J. M. Ives, Esq., and others well known about the country.

Rising amid the Dianas, Concords, Isabellas, Hartford Prolifics, Rebeccas, and Delawares, near by, it seemed unrivalled in vigorous, golden, short-jointed wood, and large, luxuriant foliage, profusely laden with bunches (over a bushel) of amber-colored fruit, equally remarkable for size and beauty. The flavor is aromatic, resembling, though higher, somewhat, the Diana, Frontignans, or Catawba. It began to ripen the 20th of September, before the Concords or Dianas alongside; the vine showing no mildew, and the berries, every one, adhering firmly to the branch after gathering, unlike many valuable sorts.

The opinion of all is, that it is first rate; and of many judges, the beat outdoor grape yet raised, if continuing to do as well. Mr. Harrington has made way, by taking up many Isabellas, for more of Mr. Rogers's new varieties of Hybrids; and I will conclude by saying, that, from among his thirty kinds of new seedling crosses of the foreign with some of his best of the original forty-five, (four of which are in bearing.) we may soon look for something more valuable.

Rogers's Hybrid, No. 16.

Rogers's Hybrid, No. 16.

By these experiments, Mr. Rogers seems to have made assurance of the art of hybridization of the grape doubly sure, and reduced it to a system, with exactness, precision, and certainty, entitling him to the honor of first realizing on the vine the beautiful though distant vision of Lord Bacon, over two centuries ago :

"The compounding or mixture of plants is not found out, which, if it were, is more at command than that of living creatures; wherefore it were one of the most notable discoveries touching plants, to find it out; for so you may have great varieties of fruits and flowers yet unknown"

[We have heard a good deal of these hybrid grapes of Mr. Rogers, but have seen only one, and but little of that, so that we are unable to give any opinion of our own The above, however, is from a gentleman who has seen them often. We should be very glad if specimens of these grapes were sent to us next season. We feel a peculiar interest in all new grapes, and are always glad of an opportunity to make a record of them, provided they have merit. Col. Wilder has pronounced these grapes to be true hybrids, so that Mr. Rogers enjoys with Mr. Allen the honor of having successfully crossed the foreign with the native grape. Mr. Wilder describes No. 15 as follows: "This is a new hardy grape, raised by impregnation of a native sort with the Black Hamburgh. Color, deep amber; clusters large, often with shoulders; berries large; flesh tender, of a rich aromatic flavor, resembling Diana; vigorous; very productive; ripening earlier than that variety." An engraving of No. 15 is given above. - Ed].