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.
Our opinion of this pear is two-sided. As a tree it is superb - cannot possibly ask for anything more vigorous or perfect in form. As a market fruit we dislike it. It ripens and rots too quickly. The ordinary cultivator, who waits for the fruit to ripen on the tree, will find it begins to rot before it is a day plucked, and, if gathered before ripe, it will rot almost as soon as it is fit to eat.
We have never seen the fruit of this new variety, but have investigated its claims to popularity so thoroughly that we are fully convinced of its value as a market fruit. We are planting it quite largely ourselves, and feel no hesitancy in recommending our readers to do so. Our trees bloomed this season.
I have fruited this two years, and consider it a valuable addition to our first-class pears, both for family use and market. It is claimed to be a cross between the. Flemish Beauty and Bartlett. It resembles the former very closely in tree and leaf, and appears to be equally hardy with that famed "iron clad" variety. In fruit it resembles the Bartlett somewhat in size and color and here it ripens about ten days earlier. It is a sturdy grower, and exceedingly productive. Its fruit though not very rich is very fine grained and juicy - in quality best; comes into fruit young, and is so far healthy in foliage and tree. The fruit must be gathered as soon as mature and ripened in the house, like nearly all summer pears.