Excerpt from Commercial Manures: A Lecture Delivered Before the Farmers' Convention, Held at Augusta, January, 1869
Previous to my acceptance of the position yet occupied as Secretary of this Board, I had given the subject of Commercial Manures only cursory thought; but the law defining the duties of the office, specified the investigation of such matters as pertained to the interests of agriculture and there was no room for doubt, that among these the subject of manures held a very prominent position. Its chemistry was a pleasant task, for I well remember, when a lad, that my favorite play-room was the laboratory, and that more pocket money went for chemicals and apparatus than for jack-knives and skates.
Although I make no claim to having kept up with the rapid progress of chemical science during the intervening years, the endeavor has been made to keep within hailing distance, and on speaking terms.
Latterly, some thought has been given to the subject of manures in the way of business and how that came to be I will relate.
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