The following testimony regarding this fruit is from a New York paper, of the first week of September. Here is another fruit making its appearance in the market:

" We have before us a specimen of the fifth week of the picking of these berries: and Mr. Lawton states that he thinks they will hold out three weeks longer. At present there is no sign of failure or diminution in size, which is certainly remarkable, and so is the prolificness of the variety. The fruit is picked and sent in every day, and sold wholesale at one dollar a gallon, and retailed at $1,25, without half supplying the demand. The fact is with this as with all other first-rate fruit, this market cannot easily be overstocked".

The Lawton Blackberry #1

The importance attached to the cultivation of the Lawton Blackberry, has induced us to have an engraving made of the vine and fruit. We give, also, its mode of cultivation, from Mr. Pardee's book on the Strawberry, etc, just published by C. M. Saxton & Co., of New York: -


The Blackberry rejoices in a moist, loamy soil, but will grow well in higher exposures, and is rather benefited by a little shade and a cool northern aspect. When thus favored, it will prolong its period of bearing from four to six weeks. Usual good garden soil is favorable for the Blackberry, and it will bear being made pretty rich with manures after the first year, and especially with muck or woods'-mould. It should be transplanted as early in the spring as possible, or in the fall, and especial care should be taken of its fibrous roots, and its whole general culture, the first year, and then it will grow, produce fruit, and propagate itself rapidly.

The canes which come up one season will bear fruit the next, and then die in the autumn, and the dead branches must be carefully removed early every spring, in order to make room for the new ones to take their place, and this beautiful process of reproduction thus goes on; so that a single plant, set out in a good, free soil, will send up two, three, or four plants, and those will increase to a score or more the following season, if carefully pruned and kept clean.

The ends of the canes should be shortened about one-quarter early in the spring, when the old decayed ones are removed, and, if the laterals are too long, clip them also. They usually require no support.


Particular care, we think, is needed in transplanting the Blackberry. It should not be attempted late in the spring, otherwise a great share of the plants will hardly survive the process. Mulching and watering are often useful, and even necessary, when transplanting.

It is well to set the plants four or five feet apart in rows that are eight to ten feet distant, and they will soon cover the ground, and thus 500 plants will set an acre. Some large growers in the vicinity of New York, have readily contracted their entire crop for the season at 25 cents to 37 1/2 cents per quart. We have given a large space to this variety, not only because it is new, but because we believe it to be worthy of extensive cultivation by the public, both as amateurs and for the market.

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Portraits of the Fastolf and Red Antwerp Raspberries, copied from Mr. Pardee's book, are also given below: -

The Fastolf.

The Fastolf.

Red Antwerp.

Red Antwerp.

The mode of cultivating these valuable varieties has been given so lately in the Horticulturist (see page 14 of this volume), that it is unnecessary to repeat them here.

Lawton Blackberry #2

Thaddeus Davids, Esq., and Mr. Lawton, of New York, have forwarded us a large allowance of the true Blackberry. (See Mr. Lawton's Advertisement).

The Lawton Blackberry #3

"They say" that Mr, Lawton has no business to give his name to a blackberry which another man discovered growing wild in New Bochelle, and the growers thereof - the aforesaid Mr. Lawton excepted - prefer to call it the "New Rochelle Blackberry." If half the stories related of this wonderful fruit are true - and, from the characters of those who tell them, I cannot doubt - it should be in everybody's garden. I am trying the thing in a small way myself; but the fruit is yet in futuro.

Lawton Blackberry #4

This important acquisition to our available fruits deserves special attention. If you have any doubts with regard to their value, call upon your nearest friend who has been fortunate enough to secure them, and judge for yourself. A heavy mulching of well-rotted manure increases the size and quantity of fruit.

The Lawton Blackberry #5

English horticulturists are delighted over this variety - it makes a capital preserve, "when mixed with a few apples to take off the sweetness." It sounds rather odd to us over here where the vines grow wild, to read their enthusiasm over it. But what can we expect of a country where peaches are sold for $5 each, and raised in hot-house or against the wall. America is certainly ahead on fruits.