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.
"Raised by Dr. Spofford, of Lansingburgh, N. Y. This fine grape has been but little disseminated in consequence of the general supposition that it was very much like, if not identical with, the Catawba, from which it is entirely distinct, in wood, foliage, and every characteristic of the fruit. It is a vigorous grower, foliage very large, abundant, and much less rough than Catawba or Isabella; and the alae of the leaves overlap each other different from any other with which we are acquainted.
Bunches large and shouldered; berries varying in form from oval' to oblate; very dark in color and profusely covered with bloom. Its fruit*, when ripe, is very sweet, buttery, and luscious, without foxiness in its aroma, or any toughness or acidity in its pulp. It is perfectly hardy, and with good treatment in deep, rich, pervious soil, it is an early and abundant bearer; with indifferent treatment it is a poor bearer. It ripens a little earlier than the Isabella".
We are almost afraid to vouch for the coloring of this grape drawn from a specimen, if we remember rightly, that had undergone a journey of some length.