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.
By very general consent this fruit is coming rapidly to be considered one of the very best for cultivation; it is a great favorite with amateurs, and is one of those gifts to man, of hybridization, which will always make Dr. Brinckle's name a household word. I have always found chippings of leather from a neighboring shoemaker or saddler, a perfect mulch for the raspberry; indeed, I give it no other manure whatever, and by carefully watching the stools that come up every year, and not allowing them to grow too thick, I have crops that are entirely satisfactory.
The Hudson River Antwerp Raspberry is a favorite market variety strongly recommended by those who know its value. It is a large, handsome berry, fruit very firm in texture, of handsome appearance, and very productive. It parts readily from the germ, and is by some called the New Red Antwerp. Rather of a dull red, with a slight bloom; not very juicy, but of a pleasant sweet flavor. The Duke of Bedford is said to have paid a guinea for two plants.
BRINCKLE's ORANGE RASPBERRY.
HUDSON RIVER ANTWERP RASPBERRY.
The Fastolf Raspberry was the favorite of your friend Downing, and it still holds its own in the opinion of very good judges. It is an English variety of high reputation at home, as well as here. It derives its name from having originated near the rains of an old castle, Fastolf, near Great Yarmouth. Fruit very large; obtuse, or roundish conical; bright purplish red; rich and highly flavored, slightly ad-hering to the germ in picking. Canes strong, rather erect, branching; light yellowish brown, with few pretty strong bristles.
As an additional recommendation of Dr. Brinokle,'s Orange Raspberry, now generally sought for, we have our own, and the testimony of others, that in the form of a jam it retains more thoroughly its delightful flavor than other varieties; it has, in fact, the raspberry taste in perfection.
"The Orange Raspberry was first described in the Horticulturist, vol. i. p. 178. This Raspberry, originated from a seed of Dyack's Seedling - a new crimson variety, imported from England by Mr. Robert Buist, of this city. The seed vegetated in 1844, and the plant fruited in 1845.
THE BRINCKLE ORANGE RASPBERRY.
"Size, large. Form, conical, sometimes ovate. Skin, orange color, although the maternal parent was a dark crimson variety. Flavor, very fine. Quality, 'best' Leaf, somewhat irregular in form, usually less pointed than other kinds, and very much corrugated. The plant is of vigorous growth, and has white spines.
"The Orange Raspberry generally, but not invariably, reproduces itself from seed. Occasionally, its seedlings are crimson varieties with red spines".
[To the foregoing description by Dr. Brinckle' (who originated this favorite Raspberry), we may add that it continues to grow in public favor, all that can be Produced being annually disposed of, and the demand still unsupplied. It has been highly praised at Boston, and, in this region is considered unsurpassed. Downing used to say, as we came out of Dr. Brinckle's small city plot, that he was doing more for American horticulture than any living man. If he had never produced anything but this Raspberry, his name would have deserved more than a cold statue; but he continues to devote the little leisure afforded by a very extensive practice, to the good of the fruit lovers, and, with a modesty peculiar to real merit, claims nothing .from public applause. Long may he live an ornament to his profession, and a benefactor of his race. - Ed].