In the June number of the Horticulturist, Mr. Heaver, of Cincinnati, questioned my statements relative to the Negley Pear, in a manner which did not admit of a reply, except by positive contradiction. This I declined to do, preferring to embrace some more courteous opportunity of vindicating the merits of the pear than by disputing with a gentleman who has extended to me many acts of kindness. I now only refer to the subject out of respect for my aged and highly esteemed friend, Jacob Boyer, Esq., who has sent me a communication, and desires it published. I hope you may find it convenient to publish his letter, if only as an inducement to him to continue his contributions on the early fruits of the Alleghany and Ohio valley. I also cut out from page 13, in the Transactions of the Ohio Pomological Society, the following notice of the Negley Pear:

"A Pear from Pittsburgh, without name, presented by Mr. Negley, has been cultivated for fifty or sixty years in that vicinity, and was never known to blight, while trees of nearly all other kinds have been greatly damaged by that disease. Fruit closely resembles Flemish Beauty, but is not that variety, nor quite equal to it in quality. Has never been able to identify it with any known variety, and, from all he can learn of its history, has no doubt of its being a seedling. From its remarkable hardiness of tree, productiveness, and excellence of fruit, he regarded it as a highly valuable variety, and would suggest that the society give it a name. "The Society concurred in recommending it as deserving of trial." Mr. Heaver will remember of being present with me on the sub-fruit committee. I would send you a copy of his remarks from my note book, but as he has forgotten them, I shall not repeat them. Messrs. Ernst, M. B. Bateham, J. G. Teas, and others present, expressed a strong desire to obtain scions for experiment I sent them the coming spring.

Mr. Teas, of Indiana, a gentleman of extensive experience in pomology, writes me that his grafts would have borne fruit this spring but for an untimely frost I would send you a copy of the committee's report, which friend Heaver says classed it only second quality; but I do not find it published in the transactions of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society; perhaps the printer kindly left it out In thank-fulness to the Editor of the Horticulturist for the unsolicited "extensive prominence" given to the Negley Pear, I have sent you a few specimens of second size, and sincerely hope that you will not be" most egregiously disappointed." As I was one of the purchasers of the Peabody Strawberry, I beg not to be reminded of it, especially as I never advertised trees of the Negley Pear for sale. I do not claim it as my seedling; requested no one to name it after me; did not publish a colored plate of it; did not publish a description of it in the Horticulturist, until kindly requested by the Editor; because I have sent specimens all over the country for the past four years, and could get two hundred of my neighbors to certify to the excellence of the pear, and to the truth of my statements; further, I am perfectly indifferent whether it suits the taste of our Cincinnati friend or not, as the demand for such pears in the Pittsburgh market can not be supplied.

[The following is the letter referred to by Mr. Negley. - ED].

SnowdEntown, August 13; 1860.

Friend Negley: - I was somewhat surprised in reading over the strictures of Mr. Heaver, of Cincinnati, contained in the June number of the Horticulturist, which I think were altogether uncalled for; the spirit and temper of the article not savoring of the good and kindly feeling that should always exist among fruit-growers, the oldest as well as the most honorable of all callings. It is the narrow-minded that whisper innuendoes, and without reflection condemn a thing before they know what it is.

But to the point in which my colleagues and myself are placed. In the autumn of 1856, (if I mistake not,) Richard J. Knox, Dr. Addison, and myself were called upon to act as judges in the fruit department; the Pear now in question was on exhibition, with a very general selection of pears. It was then for the first time seen and tasted by the committee; and as it drew the attention of the committee, and I think every other person in the hall, a number of fruit raisers, gentlemen who had been to various points at fruit exhibitions, all, with one voice, pronounced it the handsomest pear they had ever seen, visitors, men, women, and children, all stopping to see the pears, and with one voice pronouncing it the beau ideal of all pears they had ever beheld. The committee were very frequently asked if it was as well-tasted as the appearance indicated. To satisfy ourselves and the public, quite a number were cut and distributed, all agreeing that the flavor was very superior. As they were not entered on the list for competition, the committee suggested the name which it now bears, with a discretionary premium awarded, and recommended it for further notice and trial.

We had not the Cumberland Pear on exhibition, therefore could not compare it; it stood alone, and far surpassing in appearance the engraving in the May number of the Horticulturist, being, I think, more like the Frederic of Wurtemburg, in Downing's large work on fruit. Thus far I have spoken of the appearance and flavor of the pear in question; but its bearing properties I know nothing about, only as was stated by the uncle who now owns the tree; but have no doubt of its productiveness, from the fact of having seen them in profusion at every horticultural exhibition since 1856.

1 am averse to making myself conspicuous in any public journal, but as a friend I could not see a friend's motives impeached. I feel satisfied that you never forced either the fruit or name upon the public. I honestly believe the pear in question to be all you represent it, and as such, though old, will, if spared, plant a few trees for my own use and market, thinking it a great acquisition to our pear list; and all honor as well as profit should belong to you and old Alleghany county. It may not prove to be so fine in other soils or localities, but let it rise or sink on its own merits.

Yours, as ever, in truth, J. Botes.

Genl. J. S. Negley.

[At the time we published Mr. Heaver's article, we requested Mr. Negley to send us specimens of the Negley Pear. This he did about three weeks since; but they were addressed to Mr. Saxton, and sent to his house. On discovering what they were, however, he brought us a specimen, which was at least three times the size of the figure in our June number, and a very beautiful object to look at; but on cutting it it proved to be very wormy and imperfect, and no fair opinion could be formed of its quality. We regret that this should have happened, as we felt a strong desire to see the pear in its perfection, after all that has been said about it - Ed].