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 the history and a drawing of this fruit I refer to the first volume of the Horticulturist, page 382. I obtained from my friend Mr, Chas, Downing, about three years ago, cuttings from the seedlings, and on the 30th July Last, succeeded in maturing three on the tree; it corresponds very nearly with the plate, with the exception it has a sharper point, and is not quite so large, which I attribute to the excessive drought we have labored under this summer, scarcely any of our peaches being half the ordinary size; the tree, or more properly speaking, the bush, is hardly thirty inches high; but I think with ordinary seasons the tree as well as fruit will be much larger. Around the pit the flesh has the appearance of a very ripe tig. half dried, and is as distinct and marked in its taste as honey itself; one or two would be as many as any person would desire to eat at one time. I natter myself 1 have been the first to fruit it in America* I exhibited it on yesterday to the fruit committee of our State Agricultural Society; all agreed it was the most remarkable, distinct, and richest peach they ever tasted. I consider now that with my two varieties, the Chinese cling and honey peach, I have the rarest and the beat peaches on the continent.
Laurel Park Columbia S.C, August 2,1856.