Collecting seeds in the 17th Century

I’m reading the Memoirs of the Verney Family, and one of the members is sending melon seeds from the Near East to a gardening member of the family in England. He warns that after a generation or so in England, the originally delicious melons turn “no better than cowcumbers” and attributes this to the soil and climate. The melons were probably hybrids that wouldn’t come true.

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