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.
Mr. Berckinane saw it weighing fourteen ounces in Georgia; very fine.
Mr. Field moved that the Hull Pear be added to the list. Mr. Hovey: It is so fine it must be claimed as one of the very best we have; most prodigious bearer; equal to the White Doyenne; tree never loses its foliage; shoots lone, and when in bearing is in form of an umbrella. Messrs. Wilder and Newbury corroborated Mr. Hovey. Carried to list that promises well.
The President proposed the Cabot Pear for general cultivation. Mr. Hovey: Equal to the Lodge t or even better; it brightens up of a rich, ruddy brown, sometimes a vermilion cheek; slight fault in rotting. Messrs. Barry, Field, Townsend and Walker think it equal to the Brown Beurre; one of the finest native pears and very productive. Mr. Hovey would like added to the list for general cultivation. Mr. Saul: Twenty years since, Mr/ A. J. Downing grew it, praised it, and was censured by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; this pear is now considered the best on Mr. Downing's place. Carried to list for general cultivation.
Mr. Hovey, of Mass., proposed the Meriam as promising well. Mr. Walker: Not A No. 1, but a good grower; native pear in Roxbury. Mr. French: Good market pear. Mr. Hovey: Prodigious bearing tree, breaking down if not supported; is one of the finest; much finer than the Bartlett. Mr. Wilder: Next to the Bartlett before the Mass. Horticultural Society.
Mr. Hovey offered the Cushing, an old pear from Hingham; been neglected; as good as St. Germain; enormous bearer; fine grower; holds its leaves well. Mr. Walker: Not a good pear; coarse flesh. Mr. Terry: Rots at the core. Mr. Reid: Not as good as Onondaga.
Dr. Russell moved the Pinneo be added to the list of promising well; ripens in December, and is very good in Eastern Connecticut, where the accidental seedling was found one hundred years ago by Deacon Pinneo. Mr. Hovey: A very good pear: sold in Boston a longtime without any name; I grew it four years, and failing to find any name, called it the Boston; it is identical with the Pinneo, and with that was called the Virgalien in Lebanon, Connecticut. Mr. Coit: A good pear; vigorous grower, and keeps well. Mr. Cabot agreed with Mr. Hovey. It was named Pinneo, and carried to the list that promises well.
Mr. Field offered the Bergen as promising well. Mr. Prince:' Tree very vigorous and productive; fruit, medium size; fine flavor.* Dr. Brinckle: A superior large russet pear. Mr. Bergen: A smooth pear, supposed a eeedling from Bartlett or White Doyenne. Carried to list as promising well.
Mr. Prince offered the Hegerman, a seedling of the Seckel and double the size; it is con* sidered so superior among those who know it, that the trees, two years old, bring eighteen dollars a dozen.
Mr. Barry offered the Canandaigua, as having been a good market pear for twenty years or more; upright growth, like Lombardy poplar.
The Tea pear was offered, and was generally considered of not much note.
Mr. Field offered the Beurre Gris D'Hiver Nouveau. From Oct. to Feb. Promises well.
Mr. Hooker proposed the Church pear. This is the same as that known as Piatt's Bergamotte and Prince's Virgalouse in Western New York. Dr. Brinckle: It is known under three other names; a superior pear. Mr. Hovey: Piatt's Bergamotte is entirely inferior to the Church. Mr. Lawton has trees twenty yea re old, that came from Connecticut, producing fruit the same as the Church. Mr. Bateham; Introduced about Cincinnati twenty years ago. Mr. Walker moved it be laid on'the table for want of exact information.
Mr. Hovey offered Gansell's Bergamot. Objected to; shy bearer; killed in the north; comes in October, when there are plenty of other good ones. Mr. Barry said it was the worst of all trees.