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.
We insert the following note as the best means of correcting the error alluded to:
"You will oblige me by making a few corrections and additions to my notice of the Stanwick Nectarine. YOur separating it from my account of the Neluombiumt and omitting a few other sentences, makes it appear that the term "here" applies to our own place, thereby doing an injustice to Mr. Cope's present gardener, to whom all the credit and honor of its successful culture is alone due. I may add, that since my notice of it, Mr. Cope informs me that the fruit has ripened, and "surpasses even expectation" in the richness of its flavor - approaching more nearly the taste of a Peach than that usual to a Nectarine. Though ripe before the exhibition, and the fruit had to be preserved some days in ice, in order to be saved for it, our fruit committee thought it worthy of a special premium. Thomas Meehan.
In my notes on Cincinnati, I find that I omitted to make mention of several places which I visited, and this, especially in the case of nurserymen, may very justly be considered uncourteous if not unfair.
Mr. Bateham and myself, had a very pleasant ride to the nurseries of Messrs. J. C. Freeis & Co., at Pleasant Ridge, a little village in Hamilton county, some six or seven miles distant from Cincinnati. Mr. Ferris has a commodious range of plant houses in which he grows roses and soft wooded plants extensively. We observed around the house quite a large stock of roses recently turned out. He is also extending his culture of fruit and hardy ornamental trees rapidly, and has already a good stock of many things ready for sale. The country around Pleasant Ridge is the fairest and most fertile I have seen in Ohio, and the prospect, which embraces many miles on all sides, was charming at the time of my visit. The woods, fields, and gardens, were all decked in their freshest and gayest attire, the weather was showery, and the atmosphere fresh and invigorating.
The nursery of J. M. McCullough, Esq., who has a seed establishment in the city of Cincinnati, is not far from Pleasant Ridge, and we intended to visit them on our way back to town, but it threatened rain and the afternoon being somewhat advanced, we deferred it Saturday I intended to complete my visit among the nurserymen, and also among the more extensive strawberry growers, but when I got up in the morning the rain was falling thickly, with a prospect of continuing all day, and so I took my seat in the can and was home at midnight I regretted leaving so much undone, but there's a good time coming. To see all that is worth seeing in the way of nurseries, gardens, vineyards, etc., around Cincinnati, would require a full week, and the weeks that I can spare away from home are "few and far between." B.
In describing the Howell Pear I am made to say "The point is large" instead of " The fruit is large." See page 850 Aug. No.
In speaking of the Pyrus Japonica, you say "This beautiful plant grows very readily from cuttings," you ought to have added "of the roots" lest some people might experiment on the shoots, which would be labor lost B.
Ed. Horticultural: Last autumn I wrote an article for your Journal giving authority for believing that the Isabella grape is not a native of the United States, but of Europe or the West Indies. Since then, on further evidence, I am disposed to think it is a form of our native Vitis labrusca, the parent of the Catawba and some other cultivated varieties. Those who have grown both the Isabella and Catawba, know that these grapes have so great a family resemblance as not to be specifically distinct in botanical language. They are both undoubtedly of the same parentage, and like other American grapes, are dicecious-polygamous; differing in that respect from many European species.
I would by no means question the veracity of Dr. McRee, Judge Ruffin, Lespeyre, and other citizens of North Carolina. The explanation is this: Lespeyre is the first known cultivator of the Isabella. On returning from Europe via the West Indies, he brought a box of grape roots, some of which he probably obtained in the West Indies, and the Isabella may have been derived from that region; as the Vitis labrusca grows South, extending into Texas. It may also be a native of the West Indies. If not, the Isabella may have been taken there for cultivation and reconveyed by Lespeyre to the United States.
July 1,1860. S. B. Buckley.
[Having fallen into an error, there is but one manly course left, and that is to acknowledge it This Mr. Buckley has done, and we like him the better for it. Nothing can be more certain than that the Isabella is a native grape; the evidence is too plain to be doubted. - Ed].
On p. 475, 8th line from the bottom, place a period after "developed," and a eommm after "said.' - In our article on the "New Grapes," we stated that we received one from Mr. Paxton. This gentleman brought us the grape, but it was from Mr. Merceron, which we did not understand at the time. - In "Fruit Received," the fine bunches of Isabellas, Catawbas, and Concords were from Mr. Moss, of Mossville, instead of Mr. Howard. The latter gentleman ought to have received a letter from us instead of a notice; but our cards got mixed, and both went wrong. In Mr. Daniels' article on Parks, Hyde Park and Quatremere are spelled wrong; and there are one or two other errors in the same form, which went to press without being seen by us.
In our article on Newburgh Vineyards in last number, read Mrs. Say instead of Mrs. Fay.