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.
EARLY in September, we received specimens of an apple from Mr. E. E. Brown, Onslow, this state, which he calls the Summer Harvey. The fruit was past its prime, bat so far as we could judge, may be classed very good in quality. Taking into account, also, the good character of the tree (as given by Mr. B.), the size of the fruit and its season, we should think it valuable. With the exception of the Oldenburg, all our early summer apples are below medium in size. Size more than quality takes preference in the market now-a-days. Let 'em have the big apple. Mr. Brown writes:
" I sent to Springfield, Vt. (my birth-place), for the cions of this apple. The trees have stood upon the old homestead for some seventy years. But when I was there eight years ago, they looked as though they would soon succumb to old time. Younger trees in the neighborhood are bearing, and it is the favorite apple. I supposed for a long time that this apple was the E. Harvest, but when I got trees of the Harvest, I at once discovered a difference. The Harvest with me is a poor bearer, the Harvey is one of the very best. The fruit is also nearly double the size of the Harvest. I have one tree-top grafted - one-half with the Harvest, and the other half with the Harvey. The latter half bore a good crop this season - the former not a single specimen."