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.
The prospect for field or vineyard culture of grapes in Massachusetts, is not flattering. Catawba and Isabella, except in the most favorable locations, do not hold out much hope of success; and hence we may account for the Committee's differing with us regarding the Concord, which they recommend somewhat. The Rebecca succeeds, and is popular, being considered " one of the most valuable grapes for out-door culture ever introduced among us; so easy of propagation, that from one dozen vines, in the fall of 1856, a person assures the Committee he should have ready potted for sale, 3,000 vines for the spring of 1858." Not so the Delaware, which proves most difficult of propagation, either from eyes, cuttings, or layers; but it is "one of the most valuable not only for its earliness of ripening, but for its hardiness in withstanding almost any degree of cold, while the Diana was killed to the ground, and the Isabella destroyed root and branch. Compared with others, the Delaware was less subject to mildew.
The Committee next startles us with an account of the Union Village Grape, which is compared to the Black Hamburgh in value. " It has not the consistency of the latter, while it possesses a sweetness at once distinguishable by the most common observer. It is one of the most rampant growers, and Mr. Bracket claims that it will ripen as early as the Isabella." Berries, this year, larger than the average of B. H., for which fruit it was mistaken; more time and experience are required before an authoritative opinion can be given. The Logan Grape we have spoken of elsewhere. Mr. Bracket thinks the Concord will make a fine brown sherry wine, and assume great importance; and, he adds, that Union Village should have a light, sandy, or gravelly soil.