Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society for the Year (Volume 1)

9780217942195: Transactions of the New-York State Agricultural Society for the Year (Volume 1)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842. Excerpt: ... As for dairies, in the parts of Virginia with which I am best acquainted, they are things (as the lawyers would say,) rather "in posse," than "in esse "--things to which our some-other-time farmers look in their waking dreams, rather than such as they actually enjoy. I doubt whether there is one in a hundred of our ordinary farmers who owns such a thing as a dairy, or would know how to construct one properly, if he were to attempt it. Among all such managers, butter is an article quite as scarce, early in the spring, as if it were really prohibited by law; for at such times it often happens that neither love nor money.can procure it. Some of my brethren of the Old Dominion, should they see or hear what I have just written, will probably cry out against me for telling such tales out of school; but having always believed it to be a much easier matter to cure malpractices in husbandry--at least such as proceed from sheer negligence--by shame, than by reason or persuasion, I have risked their displeasure, from the hope that my remarks may possibly urge them to mend their ways. With earnest wishes for the welfare, both of yourself and your Society, I remain, dear Sir, Yours, very respectfully, JAMES M. GARNETT, ENGLISH AGRICULTURE. A glance at its progress and prospects. By John Hannam, North Deighton, Wetherby, Yorkshrie, England. The paramount importance of agriculture, as a producer of national wealth, its capability of rendering a people independent of others for the means of life and enjoyment, have always entitled it to take the first rank in a nation's estimation. And, although it has not always secured this estimation, we shall find, if. we examine carefully the records, both of sacred and profane history, that the policy which has sanctioned this negl...

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