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 grape has received commendation as of superior quality to any white grape. We do not so consider it. As we write, we have Lydia, Rebecca, Cuyahoga, and other white sorts before us, and in tasting, while we concede to Martha more delicacy than Concord, it is not as rich as Lydia, nor as delicate as Allen's Hybrid. The berry, again, is not as large as Lydia, and it is a much more loose and straggling bunch. The skin is decidedly harsh. Were we to describe the bunch, it would be as follows: Bunch, medium; size, irregular, loose, and open. Berries, below medium, or about the size of the largest berries of well-grown Delawares, with moderately long peduncles, round, green, and with a slight bloom. Skin of medium thickness. Flesh, sweet, rather harsh, with some pulp, and each berry containing three to four seeds.
Vineyards should all have the earth ployed up toward the vines late in autumn, leaving a center furrow for the surface drainage. --Herbemont Grape. - This variety of grape, so valuable in Missouri, has ripened this season very perfectly in Professor Kirt-land's grounds, near Cleveland, on the south shore of Lake Erie.
At the annual election of the Madison (Wis.) Horticultural Society the following officers were elected: President, Wm. T. Leitch; Vice-Presidents, D. Worthington, T. Brown; Directors, J. T. Stevens, Wm. Hobbins, H. M. Lewis, O. S. Willey, N. J. Moody; Treasurer, Geo. A. Mason; Corresponding Secretary, T. D. Plumb; Recording Secretary, Joseph Hubbins.