As to the article page 541, of December, let me remark that: Mr. Morton seems not to well understand the planting of Dwarfs: the remark page 542, where "Mr. Menaud thinks well of Dwarfs if planted deeply," seems to imply it.

Page 543, Rev. D. Ide asks "Why not plant year stock alone, instead of waiting for the throwing out of artificial roots above the quince stock?" Why? because the natural pear stock from wild seed will take from 10 to 25 years to come into bearing. It is a completely organized tree, with the embryo of all its constitutive parts contained in itself, while the affraenti, or artificially rooted branch, is deficient in the laws of the true constitution of the wild tree, and is only an artificial product, and, as such, more disposed to bear or mature than the perfectly organized tree, from the hands of nature, that is, from the embryo of the seed.

That we can not have all things combined to our satisfaction and to our views of accommodation and perfection, is an old truth which applies as well to men as to pear trees.

He then, who will have his trees of strength to withstand hurricanes, the quality of bearing "20 or 40 bunches," may and must plant trees grafted on the wildest stock, and may have to wait for the products some dozen years or two. I know of some seedlings which yielded their first crops the 32d year after they were planted as a pit or seed. The more vigorous they are, the more will the maturity or virility of the tree be retarded. Take your choice then. "Wait or labor." Wait and let the stock alone; attend and nurse the artificial being, from which you expect products that you never ought to see during your life time from the first.

After all the "pour et contre" of the question, it seems to be a fair conclusion to assign to the quince stock a certain latitude, and certain atmospheric and humeric conditions, outside which, as so many other plants, it must be a partial or total failure. Twenty or thirty degrees below zero is too low a temperature for many, otherwise hardy, exotic plants.

If standards would only bear in ten or twelve years from the graft, and if I were younger and certain to live forever on the same spot of ground, I would plant more Standards, but in this country a man has hardly time to plant a tree. To tell him to wait 20 years for a crop would make him laugh. The time is no more when the Huguenots, and the First Settlers of Jersey and Pennsylvania, considered the land of refuge as their permanent home, and planted orchards ' for their grand children; no body seems to care now to plant Apple orchards, and if the quince had not interfered with the planting of pears, perhaps we should not have as many pear trees as we have English walnuts or French chestnut trees in our middle States. - L. E. B.

Lewis F. Allen and the Pear Controversy. In the February number we shall publish Mr. Allen's reply on this subject. The public will arrive at the truth in the end, and hence the value of free discussion.

A few weeks ago, says a correspondent, "I visited Newburg and Iona, with a view to satisfy myself as to the real merits of the Delaware grape vine; as to its fruit, most of us agree that it is the best American grape we have; but its feeble growth has been a serious drawback. All this arises from an erroneous system of propagation. In the vicinity of Newburg I found the Delaware in every instance, a strong grower, and great bearer, single vines there growing into three years, with fifty square feet of trellis covered, and bearing from fifty to one hundred bunches, and such bunches! the figure in the boos: is but a poor representation. At Dr. Grant's, on the Island of Iona near Peekskill, with whom I spent a very pleasant day and night, I found the Delaware even still more vigorous, if possible; - vines three years old, with three, four and as many as six shoots to a vine, that it would take a ten foot pole to reach to the top; stout, short-jointed wood. There were also 48 or 50 vines which Dr. Grant had procured somewhere, of an age similar to those of his own growing, side by side; one vine of his had as much young wood upon it as the whole 50 of the others.

Such vines as those 50 above mentioned are the kind we have been treated to, to the tune of $3 and $5, which accounts for the complaint about its feeble growth, and whenever I heard it discussed, my voice was against it. I would rather pay $5 per vine such as I then saw, than to plant such as usually were sent out, if given to me.

The Diana has done splendidly there also, - such tremendous growths, and such large compact bunches of luscious fruit, - the berries as large as Catawba.

The Anna Grape was there in perfection, large as Catawba, white and of extraordinary beauty, with an aroma that will not soon be equalled in an American Grape. Hardy, and a good grower; quality very good. The everbearing Mulberry is also to be seen there in all its glory, growing more like reeds than a shoot of a tree; growths 15 feet of the present season, with beautiful foliage; would make an ornamental shade tree independent of its fruit, which is excellent, and which was in eating 10 weeks this season; I ate of them on the last day of August, and never tasted a better mulberry.

Should you think proper to give this a place in the Horticulturist, it may do something to revive the grape spirit in regard to the Delaware, which was really falling into disrepute in many places, on account of its feeble growth. The whole mystery lays in starting with healthy, vigorous plants, if you wish to succeed.

P.S. - On the 15th day of September, I brought with me from Iona ripe Dianas and Dela-wares. The Anna almost ripe, also. - S. M., Calmdale".