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.
Herewith I send you a drawing of an apple known in this neighborhood as the Seager, but Downing describes one, a native of Pennsylvania, which very nearly agrees with the characteristics of this fruit, under the name of Townsend; the latter will, therefore, probably prove to be the proper name. However that may be, it is worthy of notice and more extended cultivation.
The inclosed sketch of its history is furnished by Charles Sitgreaves, Esq., who is well acquainted with the fruit, and he considers it "the best early apple grown".
Tree vigorous, and produces good crops. Fruit large, roundish-oblate. Skin smooth, waxeu, greenish-yellow, much shaded with brownish-red. Stalk slender, about an inch long, set in a smooth, deep cavity. Calyx small, closed, set in a moderately deep basin. Flesh white, tender, and juicy, with a rich and pleasant flavor. Maturity 10th of August to beginning of September.
The following is Mr. Sitgreavc's sketch of its history:
The original tree grew on a tract of land owned by Indians near Lumber-ville, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and was of enormous size anterior to the Revolutionary war, when the tract was sold by the Indians, with a reservation "that the fruit of this tree should be free to all, as it had been to them and to their fathers".
The trees at Philipsburgh, New Jersey, derived from this grandfather stock, were three times larger than the average size of apple-trees, and died of old age some years since.