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. Walker: Not an A No. 1; holds leaf well, tree a good grower, good bearer; should like to see it advanced. Mr. Field: I like it; it has disappointed many. Often quite astringent and sour; very fruitful. Dr. Ward: Luxuriant growth; fine size. C. M. Hovey: One of the most valuable in the U. S., beats all other trees in vigor and hardiness, almost as large as the Duchesse. October 1st, to November; is in November what the Bartlett is in September; As good as the Urbaniste. For beauty, abundance and size, one of the best. Mr. Wilder: I was opposed to it; I now agree with Mr. Hovey. Mr. Field: In Onondaga is as large as the Duchesse. Dr. Ward: No prettier tree, none fruiting better; always decays early; brings small price; first rate cooking pear; am now using it for cooking. Mr. Prince: More hardy and thrifty than the Bartlett. Mr. Newbury, Conn.: Tart-astringent; fruit looks fine. Mr. Hovey: Better keeper than Bartlett; was kept as late as the 25th November, for the great Webster meeting at Boston, and two barrels were eaten before other kinds were touched, being preferred over all others. Most ready market pear; better than Bartlett. Dr. Russell, Conn.: Good grower, acid and coarse with us; sometimes leathery. Mr Clark: Ranks well.
Mr. Dickerman, Conn.: One of the best Mr. Barry: One of the first of American pears; never winter kills; sometimes not sweet, equal to Beurre Superfin; keeps well with me; rich, orange color; in the west very valuable. Mr. Town-send: Tree good, pear leathery, never palatable. Mr. Thompson, Ohio; Most excellent in every respect. Mr. Field; On rich, limy, soils and clay lands this pear is excellent. On light soils, very poor. Mr. Hooker: Should make it one among four in the orchard. Mr. Lyons; Good keeper, and bears well in Michigan.
Carried to list for general cultivation.