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.
It is a fact which ought to be universally known, that the blackberry yields a wine of the utmost value. Not only is it very delicious when it is properly made, the flavor being not unlike that of the better class of wines in the south of France, but it is held by many judicious physicians to be preferable to any other wines for certain diseases. Until quite recently, I was not aware either of the delicate flavor of the blackberry wine, or of its excellent medicinal properties. A week or two since, while on a visit to Norwalk, I called upon my old friends Messrs. George Seymour & Co., who have done so much, as your readers are no doubt aware, in cultivating and disseminating the plant of the Lawton or New Rochelle blackberry. Mr. Seymour showed me a specimen of this wine, made from the berries of last season, of a quality which I had not supposed this fruit capable of yielding. Mr. Seymour informed me that it was made with very little labor and expense, and recommends that those who cultivate the New Rochelle blackberry largely, should produce more or less wine.
For himself, he intends to make at least one hundred barrels.
By the way, everybody and everybody's wife and sister, within fifty miles of Norwalk, ought to visit Mr. Seymour's nursery and see these blackberries. If it does not prove to every visitor to be the most astonishing exhibition, in the way of small fruit - I had almost said of any kind of fruit - I will, during the remainder of my days, consent to hide my diminished head, whenever anything is said on the subject of blackberries. There is no use in telling stories about this extraordinary variety. Nobody will believe them. People must go and see for themselves, before they can be convinced of the credibility of other eye-witnesses. F. c. w.