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.
We have received two boxes of the fruit of this new variety from E. Fowler and P. Stewart, of Shaker village, New Lebanon, Columbia county, N. Y. The specimens first received were somewhat injured by conveyance, and we were unable to judge properly of their merits. The second box contained bunches in a good state of preservation, which afforded a more favorable sample of their quality. They were carefully examined and compared with fruit of the Diana, and of the Isabella ripened on the warm side of a building, but were decidedly inferior to both of these in quality. This sort appears to be an improved seedling of the large native Fox Grape, and is claimed to ripen a month earlier than the Isabella; if this is the case, it may prove valuable in northern latitudes, especially to those who. like the peculiar flavor of the Fox Grape. When these were received, however, the Diana, growing in a wholly exposed situation, (which usually matures two weeks before the Isabella,) was fully ripe, and is far superior in flavor.
The seedling Grape, sent with the above, and designated "Black Cluster" (wholly different from the true Black Cluster, an old sort,) was not equal to the "Northern Muscadine," and we should think unworthy of cultivation, while better sorts are so easily to be had. - Country Gentleman.
We saw this "Muscadine" at Boston and considered it totally worthless. No man should either propagate it or offer it for sale.