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.
For many years strong efforts were made to introduce the fine English and French varieties, and to grow seedlings from them, thinking they would be more easily acclimated - but with no better results than have followed the foreign gooseberries and grapes that have been tried in open field culture. At this time there is no foreign variety worth growing in the open field, that is generally adapted to our soil and climate.
The Hornet and Antwerps are berries of superior excellence; and it is to be regretted that the locations in which they succeed are so very limited. But when all the surrounding circumstances of soil, climate and treatment are exactly congenial, they yield large crops of the finest fruit, which commands the highest price in market.
A fruit grower in Camden, N. J., about three years since had one-eighth of an acre, mostly of the Hornet raspberry, which produced three hundred and thirty-six quarts, sold at ninety cents per quart, yielding at the rate of two thousand and four hundred dollars per acre. The following year the crop was all taken by one dealer, at seventy cents per quart. Last year, when 1 was there to examine the plantation, which is much larger now, so that they were picking about one hundred quarts daily, the owner informed me that the same person had engaged the crop again at sixty cents per quart for the season. That is the only instance in my knowledge of perfect success with the Hornet. Other plantations near by made from the same stock, are all failures.