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June 1, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(22):859. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430220037008

The season of the strawberry is now upon us. This berry in America is our earliest and latest fruit, for it is now produced in gardens on the Atlantic coast all the way from Florida to New Brunswick; in abundance in mid-season the entire length of the Mississippi Valley, and in great profusion on the Pacific coast.

One of the Journal's young men last week in an excellent article on the social status of physicians, credited the well-known phrase about the strawberry to Sidney Smith, which was too generous to Smith, for it was a physician Dr. Wm. Butler (d. 1621) who first said that "doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did." Bartlett says this first appeared in the second edition of Walton's "Angler," 1655, and further quotes Roger Williams in his "Key into the Language of America," 1643, p. 98, as saying: "One