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.
I have been cultivating pear trees for about 15 years, and during that period, out of near one hundred varieties, I have found only the Rousselet de Rheims and Verte tongue panachee to escape entirely from blight; even the Bartlett has suffered on one tree. Bosh these varieties are vigorous growers and good bearers every alternate year, and the fruits are good - sometimes first rate - but uneven in quality, some being much better than others, though none below fully second rate. The Rousselet de Rheims grows upon the quince equal to any variety. I am still partial to the Winter Bonchretien, though it is not mentioned by Mr. DOWNING. It is a very thrifty grower upon quince, and I suspect does best upon that stock. It bears early and well. The fruit very rarely cracks, and is fully equal to any pear that I have yet tasted - superior, in my opinion, to the St. Germain, which has also done well with me; both last until about Christmas.
My friend, Mr. Robert Harwell, was rated for saying that northern peach trees did not bear as well as southern grown trees. I am sorry to say that my experience fully coincides with hip. I have found that pear trees procured from the continent of Europe grow and bear much earlier than trees from Long Island, and are much less apt to die. Some varieties procured from Long Island seem to grow smaller every year, and about one-quarter to one-third die the first summer Robert Chisolm. - Near Beaufort, 8. C.