A writer in the April number calls tor information in regard to this grape, wishing to know the color, etc., stating that Hovey's Magazine describes it as black, or, in other words, so much like No. 4 as to be difficult to distinguish them; also, that the American, Horticultural Annual describes it as blue, with a brownish tint. Now we do not wonder that "Grape-grower" is puzzled if he prefers to take such authority instead of the description in the advertisement when the grape was offered last spring in the Horticulturist and Gardener's Monthly, especially when told in a notice appended that there was a spurious sort in circulation.

There has never been but one grape disseminated by me as Salem or 22, and that is as described in the advertisements last spring and in the circular issued at the same time. The grape is there described as a light chestnut or Catawba color; but every one is aware that this color may be lighter or darker, according to season or location, but would never change to black like No. 4.

In regard to the numbers, now that the grape is named, it would perhaps be best to drop them altogether. If "Grape-growe" will turn to the Horticulturist or Gardener's Monthly of last spring, he will find that fully explained; he will there see that my original 22 and 53 - not those circulating about the country as 22 - are the same grape, and mere private marks to protect the public as well as myself from imposition. If the public is in want of this grape as there described, they can find it in any quantity by ordering of the friends of the late lamented Mr. Requa, of Salem - on - Erie, Brocton, N. Y., who purchased the principal part of my stock of this variety; or it can be obtained of me to a limited amount.

We will here state, for the benefit of "Grape-grower" and others, that before the Salem was offered last spring, and afterward, we had letters from parties in different States saying they had 22 already in fruit from other sources, describing it as like No. 4, naming the parties of whom they bought, and to whom we had never sold a vine. This, of course, was the spurious sort. As it was generally known that we were about offering a new grape, the parties having the spurious 22 would at once put the name of Salem to it; therefore we were led in issuing it to change the private number and substitute another; but thinking that a few of the true sort might have been disseminated accidentally, and not wishing to impose on the public, we published the notice referred to, although at a great loss, and to all who ordered gave leave to withdraw if they saw fit before receiving anything for the vine.

One other remark from "Grape-grower" may need attention, where he says my original description of 22 was "amber." Although this description may be correct, as 15 is described as "amber" by Colonel Wilder, we do not recollect to have given this description of it publicly, as we never advertised it or described 22 in any of the circulars of the other numbers.

We hope the discrepancies alluded to are now cleared up to the satisfaction of "Grape-grower;" and will here repeat that there is but one true Salem, and that as described in the advertisement of last spring. E. S. Rogers.