Sends two vines for CD’s experiments, with instructions for grafting.
Mentions a hybrid plum–peach.
Bonks Hill, | Sawbridgeworth.
My Dear Sir/
I have much pleasure in finding you still full of experimental life &have sent you two vines for acceptance with my best wishes
One is a variety of Frontignan with green leaves this is to be thestock the other is a purple leaved sort the Chasselas Noir this is thescion.f1 Pardon me for giving you some instruction— The stockshould be shortened to 3 feet & placed in heat when its shoots arefrom one to two inches long it is ready to insert The scion vineshould be kept out of doors & as dormant as possible—in a northernaspect without this precaution “bleeding”f2 will take place
The best covering for the graft is a lump of tenacious clay the sizeof an elongated pullet’s egg & over this a lump of moss the size of aturkey’s egg or so should be bound with lint & this should be keptmoist till the union has taken place. The scion vine should beshortened so as to have 2, 3 or 4 buds above the junctions Theoperation is very simple yet as usual much work is required.
I am now an old man & am suffering from a late attack of influenza 75 is not an age to recuperate but I am still interested in culture &in experiments now carried on by my sonf3 for I am now an idle man the seedling crossed fruits are of high interest but the thought will intrude“shall I see the end of these matters”? Still I am free from pain &infirmity & have the “mens sana & I am thankful for the prosperity I have longenjoyed
I am My Dear Sir | Yrs. ever truly | Thos. Rivers
In the Revue Horticule for this month is the figure of a plum-peach,Prunus Simonii with the flesh of a plum & a rough stone, peach-like this is from China.f4 We shall have the same hybrid here ere long aseedling gage plum last spring had its young fruit covered with down it was from blossoms crossed by my son with the pollen of the peachthus dropped off
I have forgotten to add that the purple colour is only brought outby exposure to the open air in August or September
The vines should be with you to morrow