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.
This is to say that I have a seedling Apple that will excite all fruit growers, when once brought to notice. As I am in possession of most of the leading varieties of the present time, and these in bearing; I am fully able to judge of its qualities pretty correctly, and when brought on the table with Gravenstein, Sweet Bough, St Lawrence, and other leading apples of the same season, it is always consumed first, and the remark always comes out, if any are present that have not partaken of it before, O what a splendid apple! In short, it is among Apples what the seckel is among Pears, - it possesses a mingling of juices that is not to be found in any other Apple. It may be called sweat, soft-fleshed, melting, and rich. It is a good baking or stewing Apple. Begins to ripen in August, and lasts till December. The Apple has crimson stripes from the stem half way up its sides with a prominent seam from stem to blossom, which feels and looks like a thread stretched over the 'skin. Its great excellence caused me to graft it on large trees immediately, so that at this time I could cut a great many grafts. I have not yet let it go out abroad, but intend to do so. If you would like to propagate some four or five thousand, I could furnish you with the scions.
I brought fifteen or twenty fine large Apples from the tree, on purpose to send to you, and hid them in a bed room off the kitchen, till I could go to the station; and when I brought them out to send to you, they were too ripe, - the cooking stove had spoiled them They look very much like your colored drawing of the Melon Apple, but a great deal larger; and if I can judge rightly, it is destined to cast all of its season far into the shade. Next year, probably, I shall have bushels of this truly splendid Apple, when you shall see it W. H. R.