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 Howell Pear is one of the most beautiful in cultivation. It was raised from seed by a gentleman of that name, at New-Haven, many years since. From the experience of three or four years, this variety gives promise of sustaining a high reputation.
Size - large, three inches high by two and three-fourths broad. Form - obovate, obtuse pyriform, contracted towards the stem, surface a little irregular, like the Thompson. Stem - one inch or more in length, often curved, and set without do pression. Calyx - medium size, open, sunk in a moderately deep irregular cavity. Color - at maturity, clear pale yellow, covered with numerous small russet dots, and occasionally with a faint red blush on the sunny side. Flesh - melting and juicy. Flavor - rich, slightly acidulous, with a delicate aroma. Season - ripens from October first to fifteenth.
Triomphe de Jodoigne - Size - extra, weighing from ten to twelve ounces. Form - obovate, slightly pear shaped, terminating obtusely at the stem. Color - green, with occasional traces of russet. Flesh - melting, rich sub-acid, good. Ripens in November. The tree of this variety is exceedingly robust, but does not come into bearing so early as many other sorts.
Doyenne gris d'hiver Nouveau.
Coming in immediately after the Bartlett, the Howell completely fills the hiatus between this popular variety and the Duchesse d'Angouleme. The tree is a splendid grower, and an early and profuse bearer, with the fruit very evenly distributed.. Fruit large, regularly shaped, handsomely colored and of the very best quality. Ships well and sells at the top of the market.