New England Farmer, and Horticultural Register Volume 21

New England Farmer, and Horticultural Register Volume 21

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...husbandry of the best tilled portions of Europe was scarcely as advanced as ours of the present day, and that the same energy and intelligence which have rivalled their manufactures, can also bring our agriculture to equal perfection. " The colossal power and wealth of Great Britain, have been mainly developed and sustained by her agriculture, which during the last century has been fostered by every aid which physical science could supply, until it has become the admiration of the world. Shut out at one time from all commerce with the rest of Europe, and constantly withdrawing immense numbers from her rural population to supply the waste of war, scientific agriculture, by augmenting the productiveness of the soil, provided a compensating remedy for this incessant drain upon her labor. Forced by necessity to rely upon herself, she exhibited the astonishing fact, that a country containing 118,000 square miles, (about equal in extent to the two States of New York and Pennsylvania, ) was capable of sustaining in ordinary seasons, independent of foreign supply, a population of 24 millions! ' It is less than a century since agriculture began to assume its just importance in any part of Europe, and only fifty years since the establish merous comforts and privileges which the emigrant abandons when' he quits the paternal homestead. Of what avail are cattle upon a thousand hills, ifthe loss of health be the price of their acquisition? or what is the advantages of granaries filled with corn, when plenty reduces its price to one-fourth of its value in New England? Such, too, has become the disorder and depreciation in the circulating medium of those States most favored by soil and climate, that this inconvenience adds no small item to the...
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  • Paperback | 572 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 1,007g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236887409
  • 9781236887405