The Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener, and Country Gentleman pp. 152-153 (Feb 21, 1865)
S. J. Pavitt, Rose Cottage, Bathwick, Bath.

Having read in your Journal of a climbing Devoniensis Rose sent out by Mr. Curtis, of Torquay, it may be interesting to your readers to know the true history of its origin.

In the year 1857 I budded some of the old Devoniensis on the Celine stock, when on the following year many of the plants made shoots from 3 feet to 9 feet in length. I have now in my stock one of the original plants I obtain my buds from, it having withstood the severe winter of 1860-61. Many of your readers will be inclined to think there are two varieties of this magnificent Rose. This I beg to contradict, having supplied Mr. Curtis with buds as well as plants.

The Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener, and Country Gentleman p. 233 (Mar 31, 1865)
Henry Curtis, Torquay.

It would seem that a few more remarks are needed to satisfy the minds of some of your readers that the climbing Devoniensis Rose is really something distinct from the old well-known variety. Owing to a supposition, arising out of a letter from Bath in your columns, that it is the same grown under certain conditions, I have had a package of fifty-two plants returned to me.

I must adhere to what I have already stated that I have proved it to be a most distinct sport, now thoroughly fixed, from our old friend and favourite, and of so distinctive a character as to be honestly called the Climbing Devoniensis, if a Devoniensis may be so called which equals Cloth of Gold in vigour of growth and habit of climbing, with the hardiness of Gloire de Dijon or a Hybrid Perpetual.

It is interesting to trace the origin of the sport, and I was not aware that it could be done until I read Mr. Pavitt's letter in your paper. I am, therefore, most happy that he should have the credit, according to his statement, of having obtained the sport from the Celine stock. The history of the Rose as far as I am concerned is simply this: During a journey on Rose business in some of the neighbouring counties I found that several gardeners possessed what they called a strong-growing Devoniensis. I did not visit Bath in my rambles, nor have I the pleasure of knowing Mr. Pavitt personally, but hearing that he had some stock of this strong-grower, and being particularly interested in the Devoniensis Rose, I sent to purchase some buds from him, wishing to prove it for myself, not however with the idea of anything distinct. Many of the buds failed, but out of the living ones about two-thirds came not distinguishable from the old variety, the rest assumed a very distinct and remarkable habit. These were again very carefully budded on suitable stocks, and I soon perceived their decidedly running character which has been again improved by budding.

And now a word on its hardiness. Out of a piece of more than 3000 buds and shot plants, though they have been many times covered with ice during this late most inclement and trying season, and buds of Narcisse and others have been killed near them, I cannot perceive the slightest injury inflicted on one of them by frost.

Although I have myself budded many thousand Devoniensis on the Celine without such a result, I cannot but feel gratified that this magnificent climber has been obtained from that stock, which I was the first to prove an excellent one for budding upon more than twenty-five years since, and to introduce publicly for that purpose, challenging Mr. Rivers to try it against his Manetti stock. Though the Manetti has proved so invaluable, yet the Celine is equally so for Noisettes and some varieties.

A few years back I obtained a sport from Elise Sauvage, Tea, by budding it on the Celine, the shoots came from 3 to 4 feet in length and were fixed. The foliage and buds were exact counterparts of the parent, but without the beautiful orange-coloured centre so charming in Elise Sauvage, so that we subsequently decided not to work it.

While on the subject of sports it may be interesting to mention that in the year 1840, observing a running or barren shoot on a plant of the old Aimee Vibert Noisette, I immediately budded it on the Celine and fixed it, and I had the pleasure of first sending it to Mr. Rivers as a climbing Aimee Vibert, which character it has since maintained.

In closing I would earnestly impress on my brother Rose-growers and budding friends to see that they work the Hybrid Perpetuals only from flowering shoots, as there is a tendency, now that class of Roses is so luxuriantly grown on root stocks, to throw them into shy autumnal bloomers by budding from excessively long or barren shoots.