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.
I don't see what is the matter with our pomologists now-a-days, for it strikes me they are turning their backs on many of the good old-fashioned fruits, that some of us can recollect with such vivid suggestions of excellence. Now, the old trees planted by my ancestors still stand, and among them, not one, no, not even the Seckel, can exceed this delicious pear - the Washington. True, there are seasons when it does not produce largely, but then it is generally at its best, and when it is loaded heavily, the fruit does not ripen properly. A proper thinning of the crop obviates this difficulty, however, and I would then like to see the pear that will sell better in the markets or in the confectioner's window. It delights in a rather heavy soil, with a good coat of manure occasionally, and then the reward is sure.
Among the most pleasant reminiscences of my far-away boyhood days, are those pertaining to the search amidst the tall dewy grass, in early morning, for the golden treasures that had fallen over night; and talking about golden beauties, brings to mind the old beds of
We have cultivated and fruited this pear, and highly commended it for more than thirty years, the first specimen ripening in the year 1836. We observe by the public journals that cultivators in many places are just awaking to an appreciation of its excellence. The tree is a handsome, although not a rampant grower, and is one of the earliest bearers, being excelled in this respect only by the Julieme and Bartlett. When well grown, the pear is handsome in appear ance, the crimson dots on the side next the sun adding much to its beauty. In flavor it is very sweet and excellent. Its drawbacks are - it is not large enough for size to attain celebrity in market, and although very juicy and tender, it is rather breaking than buttery and melting in texture. It is one of the varieties that will flourish in almost any soil. - Country Gentleman.