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.
In August last, we forwarded to you, as an act of courtesy usual among nurserymen, two specimens of the Hosenshenk Pear, just then received by us from Doct. J. Garber, of Pennsylvania. We accompanied them with a hurried note, which you published in September, but which was evidently not intended for publication, because, if for no other reason, of the quotation it contained from Dr. Garber's letter to us. In this quotation, connecting the statement made by you in the Horticulturiat for July, that "there is a variety of opinions [of the Hosenshenk] among those who know it best," he says, "This is not the fact I have never heard any person dissent from placing it as the best Tear of the season, except Dr. Esiileman, of Down-ington, Pa., and he, I think, from his own admission, had not tasted a true specimen in full perfection." Now, strange as it may appear, this quotation contains the only "assertion" which can be found in our note, and it has reference to your statement alone! The reference to Dr. E. was simply the expression of an opinion, in courteous terms, that he had not, from his own admission, tasted a true specimen, etc.
And yet, in your October number, you suffer us to be made the subjects of a coarse and ill-mannered attack by " E. K. Esbleman," who revels in ecstacy over the "dignified coolness" with which you receive our "bold assertions;" who charges us with having now "boldly asserted" that which by implication we had said before, to wit, that he is not acquainted with the Pear about which be presumed to give an opinion, which charge is here shown to be untrue; who perpetrates upon himself the exquisite conception, the successful gestation, and the safe parturition of a taunt in reference to our "acute discrimination" in a matter entirely foreign to the subject in question, but as to which we will try to take care of ourselves when there is a proper occasion for it; who returns thanks, in complacent self satisfaction, for the great blessings he has enjoyed as the recipient of the benefits of an unlimited experience; and who finally ends with a lively essay on modesty. In view of all this, permit us, Sir, in turn, to give utterance to our admiration of that "dignified coolness" with which an editor publishes an offensive attack upon his correspondent on account of the contents of a letter which he has taken upon himself the responsibility to make public; sees " assertions" ascribed to them which it does not contain; and gives currency to impertinent flings at their business and opinions, without one word of rebuke, or at least without correcting their assailant in his mis-understanding. Is (his the entertainment to which your friends are invited ! T. S. H. & Co. - Syracuse Nurseries.
If the note which we received from Messrs. T. S. II. & Co., with some specimens of Pears, was intended to be private, we regret having published it; and the more so, since it has been the cause of some unpleasant remarks. We take no blame to ourselves in the matter, however, as it came to us as all other items of information. We take it for granted that any remarks sent us with specimens of fruits, are to be used as we think proper, unless marked private, which the communication refered to was not. As for the other points touched upon in this note, we must allow Dr. Eshleman and Messrs. T. S. H. & Co., to settle among themselves; remarking, however, that no flings have been made at the business of any individual or company in the pages of this journal If there have been, we will be thankful to any one who will point them out. Our correspondents are at liberty to discuss the merits of any horticultnral commodity, as well as the soundness or accuracy of the judgement or opinions of those who describe and recommend articles to the public.