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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Notes Epistolary and Horticultural. (search)
follows; The early varieties, one on the Bank, one by Dr. S[wan] fence near the grape vine, one by the cherry tree east. The late ones, near the west side of the Barn, one in the alley near the grape vine. The others were pear trees. The Beurre Colmars were planted on the east side of the garden and the Bon Chretiens on the north. The Bon Chretien is the pear now found in all American gardens called Bartlett. It was originated in England, propagated by a London grower by the name of Williams, and sent out by him. Its original name was lost soon after imported here in 1799. It was propagated and disseminated by Enoch Bartlett of Dorchester. When the trees fruited they were supposed to be seedlings and were given the grower's name, Bartlett. Mr. Manning of Salem, an eminent authority, felt that the fruit was identical with an English variety, and the statement he made at that time to that effect he was afterwards able to prove, but it was too late to restore the original nam