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.
I regret to learn that your brother of the Prairie Farmer has not faith enough to accept my proposition, in regard to the sexual character of the Strawberry. I will test it further. The Hudson, Keeked Pine, and Hovey's, he says, with him were separate, and each pure; each bore staminate and pistillate blossoms. If he will send plants of these kinds to Messrs. Buist & Brinokle, and either of them, in adjoining beds, will bear perfect fruit with no other kind within one hundred yards of them, I will present him with a silver pitcher, of the value of $100. If they will, as he states they did with him, bear staminate blossoms, I will present him with a like pitcher, of the value of $100. If he will get these gentlemen to certify their belief in the changes accomplished by him, or those by Mr. Meehan, and which he says " renders our Strawberry theory worthless," I will send him a like pitcher. I fear Mr. Meehan's mind is wandering on the subject If he could, by artificial heat, produce a change in the sexual character of some blossoms, the children of our market gardeners would say it has no bearing whatever on out-door culture.
W. Longworth. - Cin. cinnati, O.
P. S. - I am not personally acquainted with the horticultural editor, Dr. Kennioott. I request his opinion, in your next number. If he believes in the sexual changes in your three kinds of plants, I will believe in Rochester knocking*. If he believes in the sexual character undergoing no change, he owes it to his station as editor, and the Strawberry growing community, to correct the error, and will do it.