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 the article on Grapes in the January number of the Horticulturist for 1859,1 said that Hyde's Eliza, as received from two or three sources, was identical with York Madeira; but the past season I have ascertained to a certainty that they are distinct; the vine is of more vigorous growth, the bunch and berry larger, being somewhat like the Isabella, but a week or two earlier; it is not quite equal to it in flavor, although preferred by a few. Canby's August and Baldwin I still think are synonymous with York Madeira.
Mr. Editor: - In the October number of the Horticulturist for the year 1858, page 448, you published an account of a huge grape-vine. A short time ago, while I was engaged in a surveying expedition, my attention was called to a vine of so large a size I thought at the time it exceeded anything I had ever read of. But recollecting the account of the one in New Jersey, I turned to it, and it beats our Kentucky vine a little in circumference. I had no tape line with me, but measuring a string, we found it to be five feet eight inches in circumference five feet from the ground; and it seems to be the same size for twenty feet, where it is decayed, and the trunk appears to have been broken. Numerous strong branches put out from the huge body, holding it to its place; they cover a large black walnut. I did not inquire whether the vine bore or not. This vine is growing on the farm of Mr. Furna A. Cannon, in the Walnut Bot torn near the Ohio river, about two and a half miles above the town of Mount Vernon, Ind.
About half a mile from the vine, Mr. Cannon showed us a sycamore tree, hollow at the ground, Into which the hogs go for shelter in winter, and on one occasion he with another person stopped up the hole or entrance, and had thirty-six hogs inside the tree; it is proper to say some of them were small.
Hoping the account of these giant productions of our rich alluvial bottoms may not be uninteresting to you, I remain, yours respectfully, Walter A. Towles.
[The Kentucky vine will do, but leaves New Jersey a little ahead. Kentucky, however, must have the palm on "pig-pens!" - Ed. H].