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.
EDITOR Horticulturist: - The blight in fruit trees has caused a great deal of thought and investigation by fruit growers for many years. Many pre-ventives and remedies have been suggested and many causes assigned for the disease, all appearing reasonable at the time, but liable to explode the next year. It has been argued by some, that wet seasons are more conducive to blight than dry ones. This theory don't work well; last year being a rather dry season my apple trees blighted very badly; this year has been unusually wet and they are entirely exempt from blight. I have a small pear orchard of some 300 trees, all dwarfs mostly, six and seven years old; thus far I have not lost a tree from blight; I might say I have had none of it in my orchard; they have passed through wet seasons and dry seasons unharmed, while a neighbor of mine has several hundred pear trees from 12 to 15 years old, mostly standards; he has had but little blight until this year; very nearly all his trees are now seriously affected, so much so, that he fears the entire loss of many of them. Thus it appears that the blight works in a mysterious way, and has not been satisfactorily accounted for by the knowing ones, and I fear never will be. Nor is it probable that an effectual preventive will ever be discovered.
Bowling Green, Ky. A. D. Webb.