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.
Messrs. Editors: - I was greatly surprised, when overlooking the proceedings of the Fruit Growers' Society Of Western New York, to find the Hartford Prolific, Rebecca, Concord, Perkins, Diana, and some other Grapes, extolled as well-suited to their climate, and the Catawissa, a variety possessing merits and advantages for northern culture beyond every one I have named, completely ignored. I am much surprised to find Mr. Barry and others who took part in the discussions, so very far behind the age. The Catawissa is a vine of exceeding hardihood, and of great vigor, producing most abundant crops. The berries are large, oval, the same color as the Isabella, rather sweeter, of very good flavor, and free from all the mustiness of the Hartford Prolific. The clusters are similar in size to those of the Isabella, and the berries hang permanently, and never drop like the Hartford Prolific, Northern Muscadine, and some others. But its most important advantage is its precocity. It is the earliest ripening good table and market Grape we yet have, ripening at the same time as the Canby's August, and fully two weeks or more before the Isabella is eatable.
There are several other early, hardy, and very estimable Grapes which our Western friends appear to not be cognizant of, to which I will refer in a future article. Yours most respectfully, Flushing, N. Y. W. R. Prince.
[The Catawissa mentioned by Mr. Prince is identical with the Creveling, which we figured and described in November, 1800. Bloom is another synonym for the same Grape. It is a hardy, early Grape, not yet valued and known as it should be. - Ed].
Brooklyn, Feb. 1862. C. P. S.
[The proper time to prune your transplanted Pear trees will be in the month of March or not later than April. Do not neglect it till the buds have started. Cut always to a good sound bud, and be careful not to bruise it. - Ed].