The extreme cold weather which prevailed in February of 1855, was fraught with danger to all kinds of fruit-trees and vines. Fortunately, with us in Western New York, the peach-tree and grape-vines were the only sufferers. The loss of the peach is a calamity, for it seems a very necessary luxury, and is always considered a great promoter of health. So, also, with the grape. Some few produced on vines, not exposed, from the Catawba and Isabella, and instances of the Clinton, were had, but generally a failure in the crop. While many of the peach-trees were killed (the old ones) the young ones, from protection of the snow, escaped, which have made a wonderful growth - having a promise of fruitfulness for 1856.

We look forward to large crops for the coming year. We can add that, we have never known such a bountiful supply of first rate pears as 1855 produced. White and gray Doyenee, Stevens' Genesee, Seckel, Sheldon, Louise Bonne of Jersey, Duohesse d'Angouleme, and splendid Duchesse of Orleans, we luxuriated upon. Our fruits matured finely, and had all their characteristics of juice, flavor, and aroma.

Up to the 20th of November, the weather remained so mild that we had under our windows that charming, fragrant plant, the Mignonette in perfect bloom. This day, the 25th of December, almost the first snow of the season has appeared.

We went to call on our mutual friends, Ellwanger & Barry, and they provided a substantial treat of winter pears, worthy of the day.

We hope to not give offence if we mention, in this public manner, what a luxury we found them to be. A discussion is sure to arise amongst those who love fruit, especially when one can test their merits. Mr. Barry kindly went to their cellar and brought the Winter Nelis, Easter Beurre, Vicar of Winkfield, Beurre d'Aremberg, and St. Germain.

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I need not say they were all good, but the Easter Beurre bore the palm, in our humble opinion. While partaking of their hospitality, I thought of what a service these gentlemen, with others of the same profession in almost every portion of the States, had done our country in the introduction of so many kinds of rare fruits amongst us.

The day was propitious for a walk, and although many of the trees were denuded of their foliage, we could admire the beauty of their symmetry. It was a winter scene of beauty, for the evergreen trees were hung with tapestry of snow. They partook of the day, and were truly "Christmas trees." Ours was a happy day, such as we hope your readers all had.

Truly, Jambs H. Watts.

Roghester, Dec. 25,1855.

Manchester, Adams Co., Ohio. Dear Sir: I planted a lot of dwarf pear-trees on the 11th of April last, and one of them (a Beurre Diel) bore fine, good pears, all of which ripened nicely. Have any of your correspondents a tree of present year's planting that can beat it?

Yours with respect, John Ellison.

[It is not a very unusual circumstance for pear-trees, which have been carefully taken up in spring, to produce the same year. We have on hand a few Easter Beurres raised under these circumstances the past season. - Ed. ]

Woodland Park, Springfield. Dear Sir: It is with great interest that I monthly peruse your excellent journal, The Horticulturist; it stands the highest of any horticultural work in this country, and seems to me destined to have the largest number of subscribers of any work of the kind.

Having been a subscriber of the journal for the last six years, have been glad to see it prosper, and hope it may continue to give the information that is required at the present day, on the subject of horticulture.

The cultivation of the pear has been my hobby for the last four yean, and I have found it a pleasant pastime - have not realized much from my orchard yet, but live in hopes. May we not hope to see this delicious fruit abundant ere long, that all may partake of it?

Yours very truly, D. Chauncey Brewer.