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On your published piece mentioning Rep. Pyle and Ms. House: they wrote the bill that I was paid by Ms. House to review. At that time, I took an interest as a private citizen of Arkansas, and I noted Missouri to be the first state and Arkansas to be the second having a state grape. I was shocked that California did not, but on further research I could not find a native grape. The information used in your article talking of the history of the grape and the name Cynthia both come from my interpretation of a French document written as a summary of prior documents to 1881 when the document I read had been published. I want especially to note that I spoke on the bill at my own expense to ensure that all proper understanding of why it was native and how it came to be named in distinction to the Norton Grape of Missouri. Further, I believe that your readers would be interested in how the Cynthia saved French vines that were dying of a similar blight that destroyed plants in Ireland during the potato blight of that time.

James Allen Beebe
Greenwood, AR