This is a free country, and if folks prefer these hard-pulped, musket»ball grapes, why let them enjoy them, in all conscience. The more you tell a man that his taste is bad, the more sure he is that yourself, not he, is mistaken. Hudi-bras was right:

"Convince a man against his will, He's of the same opinion still".

The world is wide enough for all sorts of grapes - the Sage among them. I shall not, however, send for it.

Mr. Editor - The insinuation of your correspondent, Mr. Shblden, "one of the most experienced amateurs on the Hudson," that the Sage Grape was imposed upon the public by me, is false. I stated in the Culture of the Grape, upon what authority it was brought to notice; under these circumstances, if he chose to expend his two dollars, and was not satisfied with his bargain, it was his own affair.

The Horticulturist has, or should have, for its aim, the benefit of the public, not solely that of the " experienced cultivator of the Hudson".

Mr. Sags unquestionably considers this grape very good, and he has support in this opinion from others. You think " that no man who has ever tasted a grape that is a grape, would cultivate a vine of this sort, after tasting the fruit." We differ in opinion. The Sage Grape is unquestionably a native fox variety, but there are many people who prefer these to the foreign kinds. The Muscats, in all their varieties, which you and the majority of people prefer to all others, are very offensive to the minority, Are they humbugs? Many experienced persons, not only in this, but in European and vine districts, could not be induced to swallow one. In Paris, the Chasselas de Fontainbleau is preferred to all others. In Boston, this autumn, they were almost unsaleable at any price, Black Hamburghs and Isabellas being preferred. Are, therefore, all the varieties of Chasselas humbugs?

That any one accustomed to foreign varieties of green-house grapes, should prefer the Isabella, or any other of our native kinds, is singular and unaccountable to me, with my tastes, but it is a fact notwithstanding. I grow one Isabella vine under glass, for my family use, some members preferring them, and who do not make use of even Black Hamburghs. Many prefer the more spirited, or sour kinds, as St. Peters, Zinfandel, etc.

Supposing a reader of your Magazine living north of the state of Connecticut, wishes to cultivate the Sage Grape for his own use, or for sale, profit being his object. He buys a vine for fifty cents or one dollar, (and that is enough for him to pay for one;) plants it near a tree, or on the south side of a building; lets it grow three shoots, one to make his vine; the other two may be layered in July into boxes, to be planted out in the spring if wanted; if not, disposed of to his neighbors. The leading shoot may be bent down into a box the succeeding spring, to make another layer vine, or it can be cut back to three or four eyes. The second summer, if the soil is good, the vine will make one shoot strong enough to fruit the third year, and in four or five years the vine will be capable of bearing bushels of fruit, and this fruit will find purchasers - people who like the peculiar fox flavor. A farmer who attends our market, sold ninety dollars worth of native fox grapes this last autumn; the vines were old, and had run up large trees - all the cost to him of this fruit, was the labor of gathering.

Now, Mr. Editor, if our native grapes will yield this profit to the farmer, notwithstanding you or I may not desire them - they are not humbugs.

That they meet with a ready sale in our market, and at a price of from four to ten cts. per pound, is a fixed fact - and at a time, too, when Isabella Grapes were abundant; also pears, peaches, etc., and of green-house grapes a surfeit, selling at twenty to forty cents a pound, as to quality.

I have had the Sage Grape sent me the past season, and have given them to many individuals, who have expressed their views of its quality - differing in their opinions - some wishing a vine; one only, saying, common fox, good for nothing.

In your February number you have an error; you state me as saying " this grape was found in Maine," whereas I say in Connecticut. Yours truly, J. Fisk Allen.

February 5, 1852.