Some time ago we received specimens of this Apple from A. W. Hovey, Esq., of Pontiac, Mich., and since that time we have procured some particulars concerning it, through the kindness of several gentlemen who reside near the place of its origin, in the Mohawk valley. Mr. Chas. Spinner, of Herkimer, informs us that it is esteemed one of the most delicious Apples grown in that county, - that it keeps till January, and sells at $2 to $2.50 per barrel, while Greenings, Swaars, Spitzenburphs, etc, sell at $1.38 to $1.50. Mr. J. D. Ingersoll, of Ilion, states that its origin is unknown, - that the old tree was full grown when the earliest settlers migrated to the German flats. He also describes it as a slow grower and shy bearer, often imperfect in form and flavor, but sometimes of the highest excellence; would not advise any one to plant it with a view to profit Mr. I. incloses the following letter, which, as it enters into many important details, we give entire:

"Yours of the 13th inst. was received on the 16th, and would have been answered at once, had I not thought it advisable to make further inquiry in relation to the question that you propounded me. The fact of the Mittel Apple tree which stood on the division line between the farms of Capt. Christopher Bellikger and Mr. John Doxtater, in the town of Herkimer, and directly opposite this place, being a needling, I never heard doubted until I received your letter. I have since inquired of persons who knew the tree as a very old one more than fifty yearn ago, and they say there can be no doubt of it. It is true that the question whether it grew from the seed on the spot where it flourished so long, or whether it was a seedling transplanted there, has been mooted. Some have supposed that it was planted by the Indians; others, that it was brought from Schoharie county by some of the earliest German settlers of the Mohawk valley. I can recollect the tree well for at least forty-five years. It was quite old at that time, with one of its main branches broken off and partially hollow. It grew on a rich terrace, the first above the Mohawk flat, the soil black sandy loam.

The side of Mr. Bellinger was for many years under high cultivation as a Watermelon and Muskmelon patch, which kept the old tree in good condition longer than it could have been under ordinary circumstances. I can myself recollect trees, and even orchards, that were conceded to have been planted by the natives before the 'Know Nothings' made an eruption into this beautiful valley, and they looked no older than the tree under consideration. Some years since, I visited the spot for the purpose of getting shoots from the roots, under the impression that few if any of the grafts were equal to the original; but I found that every vestige of the tree was gone. I now regret it, as it would have forever settled the question whether it was a seedling. The fact whether it grew from a seed on the spot, or whether it was transplanted as a seedling from some other place, is of as little consequence in the case of an Apple tree as of a man; and 1 have little fear that the Native or Know Nothing party will vote it out of Herkimer county, even if proof could be found that it was brought from abroad by a Roman Catholic.

"A word as to the name of this, the best of Apples. It is admitted that Middle is a translation into English of the German word Mittel; bat as well might you call the Dutch Straat, Street, or the renowned Swaar, Heavy, as to call the Mittel, Middle.

"Now one word as to the fruit. As to quality, I believe it is universally conceded, by those who know it, to be the very best in its season, which usually is about the holidays. It is, however, not a profitable market fruit, as it is, unless under favorable circumstances, such as a rich soil, high cultivation, and I think a warm dry summer, a shy bearer; but then, the quality makes up for any deficiency in quantity. This is probably the reason why this queen of Apples has not been more widely diffused. Ever since my recollection, it has brought a larger price at home than the best of other Apples in the New York market The Newtown Pippin, which comes the nearest to it in point of excellence, has the advantage of being more productive, and of being better at a late period, say in March or April. The tree in this climate grows thriftily, and I understand it is remarkable for rapid growth and for fair and large fruit in Illinois and other Western States. Its shoots, and in fact its branches, are remarkably slender, giving the tree, when in bearing, a pendent or drooping appearance.

"Perhaps all fruits are modified by being propagated by grafting, but this is peculiarly the case with the Mittel Apple. I know a case where the fruit was entirely worthless on account of being water-cored; but this is rare, and in forty-nine cases in fifty a good fruit might be expected. There are, however, now two distinct varieties, the yellow and the green, the latter being preferred by most persons. L. E. Spih-nzr. - Mohawk, N. Y".

What Mr. Spinner says about "two distinct varieties" must be the result of certain modifications produced by soil, culture, stock, etc. Two distinct varieties would imply two seedlings.

Our description, made from the Michigan specimens, is as follows: Fruit - medium size, roundish. Stalk - three-quarters to an inch long, rather deeply inserted. Calyx - open, shallow. Skin - smooth greenish, some specimens yellow, with light traces of russet Flesh - fine-grained, tender, juicy, mild subacid, nearly sweet, flavor agreeable. Season - Dec. to March.

TBI MIDDLE APPLE.

TBI MIDDLE APPLE.