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. Prince considered as belonging to the same class as the variety last discussed. Mr. Buist observed that it had been brought before a committee of which he was a member, and that it was greatly against his will that he remained in the room with it. The President made seme humorous remarks on the disposition shown by some persons to esteem their own productions too highly, and to recommend them so frequently to others, as to become at length themselves convinced that they really were what they had represented them. Mr. Thomas had been much surprised at the pertinacity of the Shakers in recommending this grape so highly. It was, as he had frequently told them, no other than the common brown fox.
The Concord, Mr. Downing had found a little larger and ten days earlier than the Isabella, Mr. C. E. Frost had fruited it for the first time this year, and it had ripened six days before the Isabella. Mr. Reid had also fruited it but once; he considered it very hardy, a free grower, nearly as good as the Isabella, and a week earlier. Mr. H. E. Hooker said that it had ripened, with him, at the same time as the Isabella, and was nearly as good.
Mr. Prince remarked at some length upon the natural adaptability of this country to the culture of the grape - that it was exemplified by the fact that there were seven or eight indigenous species, and one only in the whole of Europe, and that he had been at a large expenditure of time and money in order to acclimate the foreign grape, but that he had never suooeeded in a single instance - concluding by expressing his opinion that we must rely chiefly upon our native sorts, and that America was by nature destined to become mere renowned for grape and wine culture than any other country in the world - that it was the "natural home of the grape, and the land of the vine 1" The President was glad to hear the remarks made by Mr. Prince, and concurred with him fully. He had no doubt of the future importance of wine culture to this country, and was aware of Catawba brandy having been already purchased at $5 per gallon, for exportation to France, for the purpose of flavoring foreign liquor.
Mr. Ernst made some remarks upon the injury which grapes had received from the extreme cold of the past winter; when Mr. Hanford, of Indiana, observed that, in his vicinity, grapes had sustained a temperature of 31o below zero, without injury.
It was decided to hold the next meeting of the Association at New York, in the fall of 1858. - Genesee Farmer.