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.
We see no reason for calling this strawberry Lennig's White, for it is not a white berry, although when partially ripe it is greenish; when fully ripe it is only light greenish just at the apex, and the balance a delicate pink red. We suggest that hereafter the addenda of white be omitted when describing it. As a berry for amateur growing it is one of the very best, of high and pleasant flavor, and when well grown more than moderately productive. -New Strawberry, Charles Downing. - Our esteemed and most valued friend Charles Downing comes before us now with his name attached to a new strawberry. The seedling promises well, but there are so many features of vitality, viz., hardihood,- productiveness, adaptation to soil, etc., that we confess our regard for Charles Downing makes us almost regret that his name has been attached to a strawberry, or at any rate until it had been tried and proved in all parts of the States. Charles Downing is known all over this and the Old Country as one of the best and most honest of all pomologists, careful and correct in his decisions, with a fine and thoroughly cultivated taste; and while we would always keep his name and his many virtues before the people, we do not wish it associated with any fruit except one that proves universally of the best.
We therefore suggest that the originator of this strawberry cause his plants to go into the hands of true men in all our States and sections for perfect trial before he offers it for sale. There are plenty of men who would take and try and report, and reserve to the originator all the plants if he so desires. --Large Yield of Strawberries. It is recorded by W. C. Flagg, Esq., Secretary of the Illinois State Horticultural Society, that David Gow produced six thousand five hundred quarts of strawberries from a measured half acre, or at the rate of four hundred and six bushels to the acre.