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 am glad to see this record. The writer gives, in his usual manner, plain statements, and in his comments on Norton's Virginia, handles the egotism of the old-fogy Cincinnatians in a sharp manner. To an outsider, the unusual attendance of a man at fruit meetings never there before, and the extreme laudation of a kind of grape of which he has thousands for sale, and his condemnation, of everything else, gives the impression that money, not the advancement of the grape culture, is the object of that man's energies.
I am glad to see Rogers' No. 1 showing up so well in Missouri. In all locations where the Catawba will ripen, No. 1 will prove valuable. From this and from records of growers in southern Ohio, Indiana, etc, I am half inclined to doubt the value of the Iona as a grape, except for small special localities. There may be soils and locations on the Lake Erie shore - possibly the mountains of East Tennessee and some sections of New Jersey, the Piedmont Valley in Virginia, etc. - that will suit the vine; but for general cultivation it does not seem to sustain the praise its originator has given it.