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.
At the last meeting of the British Pomological Society, Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth, produced fruit of Lemercier Cherry, which were large and very beautiful. This is a distinct variety of Reine Hortense, from which it is distinguished by the upright habit of the tree, and the fruit being somewhat later. The fruit was very-large, tender, and melting, with a very agreeable and refreshing flavor. Mr. Rivers also exhibited ripe specimens of Doyenne d'Ete Pear, which is the earliest variety they have in England, coming in even before the Citron des Cannes and the Crawford. It is a pretty little fruit, with tender and juicy flesh, and with a sweet and agreeable flavor. Mr. Rivers brought specimens of a new seedling nectarine, which was raised from the Stanwick, and which he considered an improvement on that variety. We have, says the Cottage Gardener, had an opportunity of seeing the fruit, and feel pleasure in saying that we regard it as one of the greatest additions we have had to this class of fruits, not excepting the Stanwiek itself, to which it is infinitely superior both in size and flavor. The fruit is very large, one of the specimens being eight inches in circumference, and of the shape of a truncated cone.
It is mottled with pale and very dark red where exposed to the sun, and is of a greenish-yellow where shaded. The shin is thin; the flesh separates freely from the stone, is exceedingly tender and melting, being somewhat of a buttery texture, like the most delicate of the Beurre Pears; the juice very abundant, and so full of sugar as to be quite a syrup; the flavor is full and rich, and exceeds in richness that of any other nectarine. The kernel, like . that of its parent, is quite sweet, like a filbert. The fruit was from a plant grown in a pot; and it was suggested that, if grown in the open ground, the fruit might even be larger. There was one peculiarity which was remarked in all the specimens, that the stone, in every instance, was cracked.