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.
"We take great pleasure," says the Farmer and Planter, of South Carolina," in calling the attention of our readers to the botanical essay on the different varieties of native grapes, furnished by our friend, H. W. Ravenel, Esq., of Aiken, South Carolina, (and inserted in the present number of the Horticulturist), There has been a great obscurity in the nomenclature of the vine, and our own State and Georgia have done much to "confound confusion" in this particular. The Lenoir, a grape originating in Sumter district, South Carolina, has been called in Georgia Black July, Thurmond, and Devereux; in North Carolina, Lincoln, whilst, in our own State, it is frequently confounded with the Herbemont. Our father received the Lenoir, more than thirty years ago, from the late Nicholas Herbemont, by its true name of Lenoir; and at the same time the Herbemont by its proper name. The Georgia cultivators gave the latter the name of Warren, but we think, in justice to the pioneer horticulturist and vine-grower of the South, it should bear his honored name. If no one else can make out a better tide-deed to its ancestry than we can, we shall insist upon the name of Warren being discarded.
The late Major Guignard, of Columbia, S. C, often told us, that the Herbemont was introduced into that city as early as 1798, and was propagated from a then old vine, growing on the plantation which recently belonged to the late Judge Huger. Of its origin, Maj. Guignard could tell nothing more, but being intimately acquainted with the neighborhood in which the original vine grew, repeatedly asserted that the above statement was entirely correct. This statement, of course, puts a quietus to the claim which various persons have made as to its paternity.
"We will heartily aid Mr. Ravenel in the work of investigation, and have several varieties, not enumerated, which we shall submit to him for classification. We hope that all persons having varieties not enumerated, will send vines or cuttings to him, during the winter. We congratulate the State on having, not only a correct, but such a working botanist, as Mr. Ravenel, amongst us, and we hope that he will repeatedly favor the public with his investigations".
Mr. Charles Doggin of New York - who has lately contributed to our magazine some very tasty and well arranged designs for Villa residences - we are glad to notice, has been appointed Architect and Superintendent in building the New Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, - Henry Ward Beecher, Minister.
The auditorium of the Church will give accommodation in the pews for six thousand persons - an unprecedented capacity in this or other countries.
Unusual interest has been shown in this competition; we hear about twenty-five sets of plans were sent in, and being from the talent of the neighboring cities, as well as New York, no little credit is due to the successful competitor.