This and the Doyenne dEte, figured in the November number of our last volume, are both of comparatively recent introduction from France, and prove to be two of the most beautiful and excellent of all our summer Pears. We have fruited the Beurre Giffard several years, and have found it uniformly fine, both in appearance and quality. It was before the Pomological Convention at Philadelphia, in 1852, and discussed as follows:

"Mr. Saul, of New York. I move that the Beurre Giffard be put on the list of Pern that promise well. This year I have had very good specimens. I consider it one of great excellence. It is an abundant bearer, and will be a great addition to our early Pears.

"Mr. Norton, of New York. I have seen a specimen in Western New York, and I believe it is a good Pear.

"Hon. M. P. Wilder. The chair will state that it is a New Pear from France. I have fruited it for two years. It is of good size, and acute-pyriform in shape; and my impression is, that if picked before ripe, it will be a valuable Pear. It is rather a poor grower, as far as my experience goes, on the Quince.

"Mr. Baxter, of Pennsylvania. I have found it an excellent Pear; and for an early Pear, there is no better, as regards its beauty and growth.

"Dr. Eshleman, of Pennsylvania. I have found it a most excellent Pear. It has fruited in our county, and has proved with us decidedly the best early Pear we have.

"Mr. Cabot, of Massachusetts. I have fruited it two years on the Quince, and I coincide entirely with the preceding remarks.

"The vote being taken, it was decided unanimously that the Beurre Giffard be placed on the list of Pears that promise well".

Thus we find it succeeding well at widely distant localities in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania; and we have been informed, by priave letters, of its success in various other States. Hon. James Mathews, of Coshocton, Ohio, considers it one of the best summer Pears he has yet tested. It is not unsafe, therefore, to recommend it to every one making up a collection of choice Pears.

Fruit - medium size, occasionally large; we have measured some specimens, grown on Quince stock, that were three inches long and two and three-eights wide; acute-pyriform. Stalk - usually about an inch long, sometimes one and a half inches, pretty stout, and inserted without any depression, except in rare cases. Calyx - closed, segments long and stiff, in a narrow basin. Skin - greenish yellow in the shade, sprinkled with carmine dots; sunny side red, varying from light to dark, and mottled with dark spots and stripes. Flesh - white, tender, and juicy, with a sprightly, vinous flavor, and somewhat of a spicy perfume. It is greatly improved, as all summer Pears are, by being gathered before ripe. The best we have had were ten days in the house before eaten - from the 1st to the 10th of August.

The tree is remarkably distinct in its growth, wood, and foliage, - readily distinguished from all others. The young shoots are long and slender; the bark is reddish-brown; the leaves small, with very long and slender leaf-stalks, and large stipules. It succeeds well, both on Pear and Quince stocks, but must be classed among the moderate growers; a Beurre Diel, a Duchesse d'Angouleme, or a Vicar of Winkfield, of the same age, on the same soil, would be nearly twice as large: yet it is not a bad grower, and it bears young and abundantly.



Two outlines, showing the variation in size and form.