In the November number of the Horticulturist I notice some remarks upon this new grape, which, according to my observation and experience, are certainly none too flattering. Although I would not commend it as "of superior quality to any white grape," I still believe it to be of more real, practical value than any white grape yet introduced of which I have any knowledge. My reasons for this opinion are founded upon the vigor of growth, hardiness, and perfect health of the vine; and the earliness in ripening, and really good quality of its fruit. In respect to its health, hardiness, and vigor, after four years' trial, I would regard it as fully equal to the Concord, earlier in ripening, and in quality much superior, having more sweetness and delicacy than the Concord. The uharshness," when ripe, I do not perceive; and to my taste, as ripened here the present season, the Martha, grown in a full, open exposure, was superior to the Rebecca, grown upon a south wall. As to the size and form of the bunch, the bearing vines are everywhere too young for us to judge accurately; but I think they will be found about the size of Diana, with probably rather less compactness.

But beyond its other good qualities may be mentioned the more than probability that it will make a good and valuable white wine. Mr. Husmann has made a few gallons the present season, and found the must of extraordinary richness, indicating 92° by Oeschle's scale.

When we take all these facts into consideration, I think I risk nothing in the prediction, that the 3lartha will be the white grape "for the million;" and that it will not only be more extensively planted, but more truly valuable, than any other yet introduced. Geo. W. Campbell.

Delaware, Ohio.

The Martha Grape #1

Boxes of this new white grape have been received in New York, and sold in oar Broadway fruit stores. Mr. Knox's label appears on most of the finer boxes, usually of the three-pound size. The color of the grape is fine, as white as the Rebecca, berries about the same size, and make a fine appearance, but flavor is very sweet and musky, more so than the Concord or Hartford Prolific. The Martha is a fair producer, but we look for something still better in quality.

The Martha Grape #2

The Martha Grape, we think, can be safely introduced into any family garden. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society thus speaks of it: "Among the newer grapes the Martha seems to gain in favor. One of the committee, who has fruited this variety for several years, thinks better and better of it. This year it ripened freely, and the vines, in a moderately rich soil, grew famously, making canes from nine to twelve feet long. It seems hardy, healthy, and as good as its parent the Concord. The experience of another member has, however, been exactly the reverse of this.

The Martha Grape #3

The demand for white grapes has raised the question whether the Martha is in all respects satisfactory, and whether it has any serious faults. This could not heretofore be settled, owing to the limited practical experience of growers. Yet its faults are beginning to develop - perhaps they may be only local, and not general. In answer to an inquiry addressed by us, a few weeks since, to E. R. Spaulding, Cedar Creek, N. J., respecting the success of the Martha with him, he writes:

"The Martha is a strong, hardy-growing grape; fruits freely; carries its foliage through in almost the same conditions of health as the Concord. It has one serious fault (I have fruited it but two years): the fruit rots badly about the time it gets ripe, and will rot in a few days after being picked. I have but a few vines. If they rot as usual this season, I shall not plant any more."

Who has had any experience of similar character? Will the friends and enemies of the Martha please respond?

The Martha Grape #4

Fruit coming from Virginia, of this variety, have been selling for twenty-five cents per pound, very steadily. The commission men are confident it will always bring a good price, no matter what its flavor may be.

The Martha Grape #5

ED. Western Horticulturist: - I noticed in a late issue of your journal, an inquiry about the Martha Grape, and think I can answer the query to the satisfaction of all.

It has always been satisfactory with me, and this season it has done even better than usual. Side by side with the Concord, and in fact in the same row, for some were grafted with Martha on the Concord, it bore a fine crop of grapes, while the Concord rotted fully nine-tenths. It was ripe when the Concord was not yet fully colored. The bunches get larger as the vines get strong.

As Mr. Elliot lately said, it is about the most valuable white grape we have, all things considered. Of course it is not equal to Maxatawny in quality, but then it is hardy and reliable, while the latter is not. That we may have a better one soon, is very likely, but as yet it is not in our knowledge. The next best white thing coming, is a seedling Taylor in this vicinity, which bids fair to fill the bill of a ■ white wine grape in every way reliable; the old Taylor not being productive enough as a rule, although with me it bears abundantly.

My Martha and Taylor brought me 10 cents per lb., while the Concord, scarce as they are, bring but 3 1/2 cents, for wine of course. I did not sell any Tor table use.

Bluffton, Mo. S. Miller.