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.
"What varieties of pears have proved productive and of good quality, in all parts of western New York 7"
B. Hodge, of Erie county, spoke of the Bartlett in the highest terms. The Flemish Beauty is a most excellent pear. When picked early and ripened in the house, it is very delicious. In Buffalo, the Stevens' Genessee has proved a very fine pear, and the Seckel is universally admired.
Bartlett, Virgalieu or White Doyenne, Gray Doyenne, Louise Bonne de Jersey, Flemish Beauty, Swan's Orange, Glout Morceau, Vicar of Winkfield, Lawrence, and Easter Beurre. For two varieties only, we recommend the two first. For a profitable orchard on Quince stocks, White Doyenne, Beurre Diel, Duchesse d'Angouleme, Louise Bonne de Jersey, Glout Morceau, Vicar of Winkfield, Cattillac, and Pound. For three varieties only, Louise Bonne de Jersey, White Doyenne, and Vicar of Winkfield.
Our correspondent, Dr. D. K. Underwood, of Adrian, Mich., sends us specimens of White Doyenne and Winter Nelis Pears, as fine as any we have seen this season, and the latter variety are as large and fine as we have ever seen them grown any where; they measured over eight and a quarter inches in circumference, and of the highest quality - Michigan is to be a great fruit growing State - gentlemen who have traveled there lately, to buy apples for Illinois, speak in the highest terms of the size and beauty of the Apple, of the health, vigor, and productiveness of the trees. "We take it as a great favor thus to be furnished with specimens from different localities. It is the true way to accumulate pomological knowledge for the benefit of the country.
We are indebted to Mr. Stewart for a box of Pears of fair size and appearance, but medium quality, which we take to be the Muskingum. This pear was with our lost copy last month.
P. Barry, in his Notes of Pears for the Horticultural Annual, states: "The crop of Beurre d'Anjou was lighter than I have ever seen it, but what there was of it was very fine. Josephine de Malines were extraordinary in size, and generally marked with red in the sun as they have very rarely been before. Clapp's Favorite was very fine, showing it to be as reliable as the Bartlett. Prices were well maintained. Summer varieties were sold at Rochester at from $2 to $3 per bushel; autumn varieties at $4. Some that we sent to Philadelphia were sold at $8 to $10 the half barrel, of nearly one and a half bushels. In one case eighty pears - Duchesse d'Angou-leme - filled the half barrel, making 12¼ cents a-piece".
In Henry County, Iowa, we learn that large quantities of pears of ordinary qualitv, probably natural seedlings, are grown, and many of them made into perry. Standards do well there, while Dwarfs do not receive the care in planting and pruning necessary to success.
Hon. James Mathews, of Coshocton, says: "Among the Pears that I consider the very best, and which fruited with me this year, were Madelaine, Bkurre Giffard, Ott, Doyenne dEte, Bartlett Urbani&te, Heathcote, Seckel, and Louise Bonne de Jersey. I think it would be hard to select nine others that would beat these. If I were confined to but one early Pear, it would be the Beurre Giffard".
The New York Horticultural Society is holding conversational meetings, we are informed, for the discussion of questions concerning the cultivation of fruits and flowers. Such meetings, if well sustained, would do much good, not only in New York, but in every city and village where a dozen persons are to be found interested in the cultivation of the orchard and the garden, We will be happy to publish reports of the discussions, if some.