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 is also a seedling of Prof. Kirtland's, which has fruited regularly since 1845. My notes and figure of it were first made in 1847, and have been compared with the fruit yearly since that time. As a market fruit I think there is no cherry at same time of maturity that will compare with it. As an amateur's fruit to be grown for the desert, those who like Black Eagle will have no cause to complain of this variety. In point of productiveness the Black Eagle maintains no chance for comparison, and in flavor will only hold its own.
Governer Wood Cherry.
Description. Size - with Black Eagle. Form - heart shape, sometimes obtuse and varying to pointed. Color - dark purplish black, when ripe almost coal-black; surface uneven. Stem - stout, inserted in a broad cavity. Flesh - -dark purplish black, half tender, juicy, good flavor, rich and sweet. Pit - medium size, its surface undulating like the surface of the fruit. Ripe a few days later than Black Tartarian. Very respectfully. F.B.Elliott.
Cleveland, O., July 6,1851.
We have fruited for a couple of seasons several of the Ohio seedling cherries of Prof. Kirtland, described by Mr. Elliott in a former volume - and can bear testimony to their being a most valuable acquisition to our list of cherries. Rockport, Bigarreau and Kirtland's Mary may be classed with the few most select standard sorts admirably adapted to this climate. We therefore gladly give place to the preceding account of two more new sorts likely to supercede foreign varieties formerly considered first rate. Ed.
Slack Hawk Cherry,