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. Barry I believe to be right in principle, and I trust he will be able to introduce the general practice to accord with such principle. But he'll have a hard time of it. Take us Americans, " by and large," we prefer the " hop-skip-and-jamp" mode of doing things - in the pruning line, particularly.
Why won't Mr. Barry write a distinct, practical, familiar, understandable treatise on this subject? It would certainly be an acquisition to our Pomological looks, of which we have several good ones. Still no treatise, be it ever so good, and ever so plain, will direct the workman in ail things, unless he be well grounded by study and observation, in the theory of the particular fruit on which he works. The principle on which the plant grows, blooms, and bears; its habits; the soil on which it stands - all must be consulted. Dear me! after a cart-load of reading, how little one knows of this subject when he sets himself to work in the orchard. It is the work of a life almost, to do these things successfully.