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.
In 1843, several bunches of grapes, growing at Maxatawny, Berks county, Pennsylvania, about twenty miles above Zeiglersville, were sent to a friend residing at Eagleville, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, six miles above Norristown. The seeds of all these grapes were planted at once; only one, however, vegetated during the following spring. This plant, after remaining three years where it had come up, was removed to near the summit on the north slope of Camp Hill, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, where it still stands, and is in a flourishing condition. The only protection it has is a dwelling-house on the west side of it, about five feet from the vine. It has been permitted to run wild over a plum-tree that stands near it. Specimens of this fine grape were received by me in September, 1858, from Peter Grans, Esq., of Springfield township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, (post-office address, Mount Airy, Philadelphia,) who deserves the credit of bringing this valuable grape into notice. He has a number of vines growing, from wood taken from the original vine, and during the next winter will have a large supply of the wood, which he will take pleasure in distributing, without cost, among those wishing to grow it.
Bunch five inches long, loosely formed, usually not shouldered, and occasionally quite compact.
Berry, greenish white, sometimes with an amber tint when fully ripe, roundish oval, eleven-sixteenths of an inch long by ten-sixteenths wide.
Flesh tender, not pulpy; flavor, saccharine and delicious; quality, "best".
Maturity - eaten 23d September.
The original vine bore 1 1/2 bushels of grapes in 1858. During the past season specimens even finer than those I received in 1858 were sent to me.
My friend, L. E. Berckmans, Esq., has seen the fruit, and fully agrees with me in regard to its excellence. He has a fine plant of this desirable variety.