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.
In Hovey's Magazine for March we have a very interesting article on the season of 1852, with notes on new fruits, by the Hon. J. S. Gabot, President of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, from which we extract the following:
Mr. Stetson, a most enthusiastic and skillful cultivator of the vine, has devoted much of his attention to the production, from seed, of a new hardy grape, worthy of and suited to, general cultivation - one that, combining richness of flavor and other good qualities with that of a reasonable assurance of ripening in the open air, having been considered by cultivators of this fruit a desideratum Thus far, Mr. S., judging from specimens of that designated above as No. 4, seems to have been successful in the attainment of his object; and it gives promise, if attempts similar to those heretofore made by him are continued, of a result that shall be the full fruition of his wishes. This grape is understood to be an offspring, in the third generation of seed, of the common wild grape hybribized with the Black Hamburgh and other imported varieties; and it seems highly probable that the fruit of the next generation may possess all the qualities desired, should the experiments of Mr. S. be thus far pursued. This grape is of a dark purple or black color, with both bunches and berries of good sue, very sweet, in flavor resembling the Isabella, and in quality equalling if not surpassing that variety. The vine is very hardy and very prolific.
The fruit hangs long on the vine without shrivelling, having been thus kept perfectly plump and fine as late as Nov. 25. This grape was exhibited by Mr. Stetson, at the Rooms of the Horticultural Society, on the 4th and 11th of September, and also at the annual exhibition of the Society on the 25th of that month, and, as it is believed, is one that may with safety be recommended, to both amateurs and cultivators of this fruit, as an object worthy of attention".
Mr. Cabot describes the following pears as giving promise of excellence: Inconnue Van Mons - a winter variety. Delicto d'Hardenpont - Nov. and Dec. Susette de Bavay - winter. Docteur Capron - Oct. and Nov. New Long Rose Water - Nov. and Dec. The Tea pear of New Haven, Beurre Clairgeau, Nouveau Poiteau, Beurre Montegeron.
Beurre Merode is synonymous with Doyenne Bannock, St. Nicolas with Duchesse d'Or-leans, and Henri Nicaire with. The Soldat Laborer and Josephine de Maline he speaks unfavorably of. The first has not been fine with ns; but the latter excellent, though small, so far the following article is by an intelligent observer of nature in all her varied and beau-tifnl forms. We hope to enliven and enrich our pages with other articles from the same source, when the forest shall appear in its beauty.