California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, Volume 11, Number 6, page 42. 11 March 1859
We, the undersigned, have seen the new seedling rose, America, and pronounce it the best of Noisettes. It has no rival among light-colored roses, and presents a combination of more of the desirable qualities than any other rose extant. It is a superb and distinct flower, of large size, perfectly full, of delicious fragrance, and borne in clusters, each flower being upon a very long and stout stem. Its predominating color is a creamy white or yellow, with flesh tints upon the outer surface of the petals. It is a free and continuous bloomer, has a very vigorous climbing habit of growth, a shining, heavy and beautiful foliage, is very hardy, and its rare combination of many excellent qualities commend it to universal favor. The fine, healthy specimens of its flowers and foliage exhibited here on the 17th of December, and during Christmas holidays, 1858, indicate an extraordinary value as a forcing rose, the time of year being most unpropitious, and the weather for many weeks previous having been of the most unfavorable kind for culture under glass. This magnificent variety originated in the garden of Professor Charles G. Page, of Washington, in the course of his experiments in hybridizing, and we are informed is a cross between Solfaterre and Saffrano, to each of which parent it retains a likeness.
John Saul, Washington, D. C, Nurseryman, Seedsman, and Importer, late of Bristol, England; S. Jerome Diggs, Amateur; John Watt, Superintendent of grounds and plants at the mansion of the President of the United States; Henry Baldwin, Principal Examiner, United States Patent Office (amateur); A. Lyell Mclntire, Chief Draughtsman, United States Patent Office (amateur) ; Win. Cammack, Florist, Washington, D. C.
Mr. Ward has been employed by me as a gardener for several years, and now has charge of my garden, greenhouse, and collection of plants. He is a skilful propagator of the rose, and I commend him to the patronage and confidence of the public. His descriptions and certificates of the new seedlings, America and Cinderella, are faithful and correct.
Chas. G. Page, Washington, D. C.