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. Wm. Bacon, of Richmond, Mass., communicates the following to the Wisconsin Farmer: "This is a variety, brought into notice within a few years past, by Philemon' Stewart, of the United Society, at New Lebanon, N. Y., and for the time it has been out it has met with a liberal distribution.
"Its qualities are, that the bush is a rampant grower, (we have seen sprouts three and a half feet long, the growth of a summer), a monstrous bearer, perfectly hardy, and the large fruit never mildews. In quality the fruit is surpassed by some of the best English varieties. It is a very desirable article for the garden".
Downing's Seedling Gooseberry, the largest yet known, being about twice the size of Houghton's Seedling, its parent. Pale or light green, without any blush, and smooth. The skin is very thin, and the fruit as delicate and tender as any European Gooseberry in its native soil. The flavor and aroma are perfect; sweet with plenty of vinous subacid. The first describer says: "I experienced the same satisfaction as I did in tasting the Delaware and Rebecca Grapes. It comes up to the best English varieties in our very different climate".
DOWNING's SEEDLING GOOSEBERRY.