I noticed, in a former number of the Horticulturist, that a doubt was expressed by one of its contributors whether this fine rose was ever white, as it has been represented. In our correction of this doubt we deemed it desirable to wait for the present blooming; we find some of our plants have borne flowers of the purest white, while others have at the same time produced flowers of a very pale blush. Our experiment also coincides with that of Joshua Pierce, of Washington, the originator of this variety. Under date of May 9,1861, he writes us, "by reference to my first year's notice I find No. 41 (Mrs. Hovey,) marked fine white; again another year it is marked very pale blush." It thus seems clear that this rose is somewhat inconstant, but by the right mode of cultivation can undoubtedly be produced uniformly white. The soil of Syracuse and western New York this rose readily suggest the thought that It Is inexpedient to pronounce wrong any description of a flower so variable as the rose, particularly when the difference is so slight as between white and very pale blush. The same remark may apply to many other flowers which being neither of a distinct genus or species but simply varieties or sports, are liable to great changes.

S. B. P. Flushing, 7 no. 16,1851.