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.
Mr. Downing - As it is the horticultural fashion, at present, to abuse the one who may be instrumental in bringing forward any new plant or tree, by which an " amateur may be deprived of his two dollars," it is with some degree of hesitation that I venture even to allude to the fact, that there is a grape, or that there is said to be a new seedling grape of American origin, perfectly hardy in Massachusetts, and free from mildew, and that ripens before the Isabella or Diana. Now this may be another humbug, and I caution all the green ones, and all those that value their dollars, to wait, patiently, and let those who have become accustomed to trials of this kind,pay the piper, and make our experience public; if it proves a failure, it will not cost them much; if it is what it is represented to be, they can buy a vine then safely, provided they do not get the wrong kind, with the right name on the label. This grape is larger than the Diana, of a clearer red, and more closely resembles the Rose Chasselas than any thing. The frnit was sent me last autumn, two bunches, and I have never (to my taste) seen such grapes grown in this country in the open air.
As they were shown me to obtain my opinion upon the fruit, I shall not say where it can be had, or any other matter that concerns would-be purchasers. I will add that I could not get a vine or cutting. It will be for sale by and by, no doubt. Tours, J.Fisk Allen. Salem, Mate.
I have heard of a good many such fruits. New, no doubt; but of the rest, the less said, the better. " Perfectly hardy in Massachusetts." Good; for Massachusetts is a cold country. " Free from mildew." Still better. " And ripens before the Isabella or Diana." Capital! Now, let us know how the grape tastes; and if it be as good as the " Rose Chasselas," it will answer to give a certificate in its favor. It must, however, be a good deal better than the Diana, to merit that - for this latter grape is a very common thing to look at, and inferior to the Isabella in flavor. When any man can produce a native " American Grape," which has the fine flavor, and soft pulp of the Isabella in the latitude of Long-Island, with its vigorous growth and prolific bearing; or of the delicious aroma, productiveness, and vigor of the Catawba, at Cincinnati; and the said "American" grape will ripen freely in latitude 43° north, that man ought to make a fortune out of it; and he probably will do so, if he possess foresight enough to produce, ten, twenty, or a hundred thousand plants fit for sale simultaneously, when startling the country with the intelligence, and giving the proof of its excellence! I hope your correspondent is correct in his announcement.