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.
[Our first reply to this inquiry would be Hovey's Seedling, Triomphe de Gand, and Wilson's Albany, because all are good, all are hardy, strong vines, and the latter always sure to give a crop, although its quality may not be of the highest excellence. Second thoughts, however, bring to mind that climate and toil are known to have as much, or perhaps more, to do with the success of the strawberry as with any variety of fruit, we therefore had best say that if your soil is a good, strong, rich clay loam, then the three above-named sorts will succeed, and especially if you grow them in hills; but if your soil is of a sandy or gravelly character, then only the Wilson will prove desirable, and that only because of its productiveness. The New Jersey Scarlet, Downer's Prolific, and Green Prolific we have seen grown with great success and satisfaction in sandy or light dry soils. Jucunda, a variety now much praised by some parties, we have examined three or four years, and while under high cultivation and care it has given abundance of fine, large fruit, its vine is to a degree tender, and often grows so feebly as to kill out during winter, unless carefully protected.
Ida, Mead's Seedling, and a host of other sorts are new, and each has its advocate; but after all, we think our chances for abundance of good fruit would be as favorable with the first six varieties we have named, as with those of more recent introduction.]