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.
EDITOR of The Horticulturist: - Dear Sir - By the suggestion of D. H. Brown, Esq., of New Brunswick, I send you two berries, a section of the wood, and a leaf of a new raspberry, found on my premises at my country seat, near Adams, N. Y., last season, during bearing time. The bush formed last year appeared rank and majestic, two of the new stalks of last year, bearing this, being over eight feet long; and though the bush was transplanted last fall to a secure place, it is full of fruit this year, fair specimens of which I send you, though the color of the berries is changed from a crimson to that you see by the alcohol. The bush, in general appearance, is like the Black cap, though it grows more rank and majestic, its thorns being few, and not hooked and sharp, like those of the Black cap. The color of the wood, as you will see, is of a reddish cast, between that of the red and black varieties of raspberries. The leaf resembles, though is not identical with that of the Black cap.
The berry in color, taste and consistence, is between the red Antwerp and the Black cap, though the average size was last year and is this, more than three times, by weight, that of our Black caps; and the taste is delicious. The peduncles are longer than those of the Black cap, having a cluster of berries at the end, and then back towards the stalk are others in progress of growth, while the end cluster is ripe, thus prolonging its fruiting time.
All who have expressed an opinion to me, including D. H. Brown, Esq., of New Brunswick, N. J., and Messrs. Frost and Company of Rochester, N. Y., believe it to be a cross between the red Antwerp and Black cap, and think it may be valuable, being a new, hardy and very large variety of bush and fruit. I have named it the Hybrid Mammoth Crimson, as the most descriptive of its peculiar characteristics. The bush was found away from all others, and at a place it would not have been expected, having come up and grown in tough green sward, by a fence. From the one formed last year, by layering and dividing, I have now six of the bushes, large and small. The very great difference between this and all other varieties of rasp-berries, with which all small fruit growers that have examined it and reported to me are acquainted, induces me, in the midst of pressing professional and other cares, to bring it to your notice.
Adams, N. Y. E. R. Maxson, A.M., M.D., LL.D.
Specimens of a new variety, entitled The new Hybrid Mammoth Crimson Rasp" berry, from Dr. E. R. Maxson, Adams, N. Y., have reached us. Being preserved in alcohol we can judge only of form and color. The berry is large, nearly like that of the Knevetts Giant; pale red, seems to be firm, and the leaf thick and tough. The Doctor has written a special article concerning it, and appears on another page.