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.
It will be recollected that Messrs. Parsons, of Flushing, Long Island, parted with a large portion of their standard pears which were set out as an orchard for market fruit, on account of the land they occupied being required for building lots. Many of these and some smaller ones found their way to our own neighborhood. Mr. Abraham Barker has 300 of these fine trees in excellent condition, and giving promise in a few years of most abundant returns. Among them we noticed 126 Lawrence, a pear that is said to be easily barrelled up, and keeping as well in that form as apples. His assortment comprises, besides the above, Bartlett, Duchess D'Angouleme, Louise Bonne de Jersey, Piatt's Bergamot, Henry Fourth, Howard, Seckel, Aremberg, Andrews, etc. etc. The blight has carried off about 8 per cent. of the above, and the slugs have attacked many of the trees very voraciously, but the latter depredator Mr. Barker has conquered by constant killing. The Seckel pear has been least subject to the blight, the Louise Bonne the most so, and Piatt's Bergamot the next.
Mr. Barker is just the enthusiastic planter we like to see; he has not expended ail his money on houses, though these are all-sufficient for comfort, but has given his attention to garden and orchard, and ornamental planting, in a manner thai promises to make his place in a short time one of the most attractive within the distance of a daily drive from Philadelphia. He is realizing, the enjoyments of true country life, at the same time that a large city business receives its due attention; in short, we can say Mr. B. has begun right, precisely as we have so often recommended.
Mr. R. S. Emery, near Chester River, Md., has a pear orchard of six thousand trees. Four rows of Duchesse, six years old, are stated by Mr. Quinn, to be both in growth of tree, size, uniformity and quantity of fruit, far ahead of anything he had beheld in the State.
Dr. C. H. V. Massey, near Massey's Cross Roads, has also a pear orchard of several thousand trees, but the blight was playing sad havoc in almost every orchard, and pear growers felt dispirited.