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.
In June last I wrote an article on the prairie roses, 15 in number, which were in my possession, and with a few exceptions, in bloom. This article was published in the Syracuse Daily Journal, about the 4th of July, and copied into the August number of the Horticulturist. Some of the above, as before stated, were not fully expanded at the time, but the descriptions of such were copied from an article in Hovey's Magazine, (by the editor, see August No. 1847,) who then had eight in number in bloom, not including "Mrs. Hovey," but represented Mrs. Hovey as a pure or superb white rose, giving Mr. Joshua Pier-ce's description of it. After I had penned this article, my Mrs. Hovey bloomed very finely and was a splendid blush.
I see, however, that this rose is still advertised by Messrs. Hovey and others as a pure white,(see June No. of Hovey's Magazine,1850) and I naturally came to the conclusion that I might have recieved the wrong rose, although I purchased it from the originator himself. (Mr. J. Pierce, of Washington.) When in Albany, last September, I asked Mr. James Wilson if he had Mrs. Hovey, (Prairie) - to which he replied affirmatively. Where did you get it? His reply was that a friend had ordered it from Miss Hovey & Co., of Boston, and he had reand if the Messrs. Hovey & Co. of Boston, or our friends Parsons & Co. of Flushing, or any other persons, have it "a pure white," as advertised or described, they will confer a very great favor on many of your readers, and particularly on your humble servant, by making it known, so that we may all possess ourselves of so valuable a rose. Can you, Mr. Editor, enlighten us any on this subject? A. Fahnestock. Syracuse, Feb. 15,1851.
[We have this Prairie Rose called "Mrs. Ho-vey," received from Boston, and described as a white rose, which has bloomed two seasons, and is a deep blush rose - with no white about it. En.] served that I thought I had the wrong rose, but that Messrs. Hovey & Co.'s was right, as they still advertised it as a fine white, and I should be pleased to get a few buds of him; particularly so, as his rose was the same as Messrs. Hovey & Co's. Mr. Wilson looked me in the face, and very pointedly asked, "what color is yours?" I replied, a beautiful blush. "So is mine, and so is Messrs. Hovey & Co.'s," was his immediate answer.
Now, sir, presuming that I have the Prairie Rose Mrs. Hovey, correct, (as a number have also said it was a blush,) I wish to correct the statement I have put forth, and let it be publicly known, that the Prairie Rose, Mrs. Hovey, it not a pure white, (although a beautiful rose,)