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.
Sir; - In Allen's work on the grape, p. 134, is a description of what he calls, the "Sage grage," which is so highly praised, I was induced to send to Mr. Sage for some plants. He sent me two, for which he charged me $2 each. - and cheap enough at that, if they had been what they were represented to be.
I planted them with care in a rich soil. They soon put out leaves, and immediately I began to suspect that they were nothing more than the common wild grape - so strongly did the leaves resemble those of the latter.
Not feeling inclined to nurse a doubtful quality of vine, I took the precaution a few days since to send to Mr. Sage for a pound or two after swallowing them, I think you will confer a favor on the readers of the Horticulturist (such as may be tempted to buy the plants by the puff contained in Mr. Allen's book,) by giving the grape its true character. Mr. Sage undoubtedly believes it to be a very superior grape, but I think (and you probably will agree with me,) that he is quite mistaken. Yours, very truly, Henry Sheldon. Tarrtown, N. Y., Oct. 1861.