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.
Jesse Colby, of Meriden, N. H., has forwarded us some fine looking specimens of a summer pear, which he regards as "the best summer pear extant - appears to do much better than any foreign varieties, a good bearer, vigorous grower, and hardy - it is called variously the Dorr, the Golby, the Udal. etc. It does not appear to be a seedling with us. We should like to know what other variety we could introduce as good or better, to ripen later, and as good a bearer".
This pear, which is described in Cole's Fruit Book as a New Hampshire seedling, "large, fair, handsome, profitable for market - flesh rather coarse and dry, but sweet and pleasant," and in Coxe's View as the Bellissime d'ete or Supreme, "a singularly beautiful fruit," and if picked before too ripe, "a pretty good early pear," is no other than the French Jargonelle, one of the rejected pears of the American Pomological Congress. The specimens sent were very fine ones for this sort, which evidently succeeds better in New Hampshire than in many other places, but we regard it as entirely superceded. The English Jargonelle, although less handsome, is much better, and ripens at the same time; closely succeeded by Bloodgood, Osband's Summer, Dearborn's Seedling and Rostiezer, and these again by Bartlett, Heath-cot, Washington, Belle Lucrative, etc., all of which possess excellent flavor.