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.
This famous fruit, which for a time was one of the wonders of the day in England, has in a great measure failed there, no doubt from the want of sufficient heat We have always thought that our warm summers and long, clear, warm and dry autumns, would bring out whatever excellence it possessed. We are glad to learn, by the following note from Mr. Meehan, that this season will test it at Philadelphia:
"The Stanwick Nectarine has fallen into bad repute in England. It does not ripen well there. From specimens here, it will probably prove a most valuable addition to American fruits. I put it into the forcing-house the first week in January, and now, (middle of July,) though Peaches, Nectarines, Grapes, Figs, Ac., started at the same time, are ' ripened and gone, the fruit of the Stan/wick is hard and green, and will probably require three weeks to ripen. They now measure eight inches in circumference; and I have no doubt that when ripened under favorable circumstances, they may be had ten or even twoehe. It is difficult to get Nectarines in our latitude after the beginning of September; here we shall certainly have a large and fine one a month later, but of the quality - more anon".