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An Address to Farmers on the Following Subjects:

Dabney, John (compiler)

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1. The character of a complete Farmer. 2 The Importance of Manure. 3. Labor. 4. Exchanging Work. 5. The profits of a Nursery. 6. The advantages of an Orchard. 7. The management of Cyder. 8. Keeping a Day-Book. 9. Contracting Debts. 10. Clothing and Diet. 11. Engaging in Lawsuits. 12. Good Neighbourhood. 13. Education. To which is added an Appendix, Containing the most approved methods for the management and improvement of Tillage, Mowing and Pasture Lands; and for the practice of the art of Husbandry in general. (Extracted principally from a survey of Authors, who have written judiciously on these important subjects.) [Published according to an Act of Congress.] Printed at Newburyport, by Blunt and March, for JOHN DABNEY, SALEM---1796. 12mo, original unprinted wraps, hand-sewn. 64 pages, with errata facing title page. Final leaf is a "Postscript": "LABOR to be performed in each month of the year." Ink notation of owner's name and date on recto of errata, partially covered by small printed label repeating owner's name and date, viz., "This Book belongs to Moses H. Douglas (sic); who got it April 7, 1883; it is about 87 yrs. old". Ink notation inside back cover reads "Moses Hale Douglas (sic) /Andover, Mass/April of 1883." Handwritten on front cover: "Agriculture". Moses H. Douglass was a descendant of the Rev. Malcolm Douglass, President of Norwich College (VT), and Sarah Elizabeth Hale Douglass, daughter of Benjamin Hale, President of Geneva College (later Hobart). Page 41 is torn horizontally, with no loss. Small tear to front cover repaired with old sewing; wrap-around covers reinforced by old sewing. Some corners dog-eared, occasional marginal spotting. Errata have been circled or corrected in very light pencil. A very good copy of the First Edition. Rare. Evans 30307. Not in Sabin. Fascinating advice intended to make of the farmer a morally good and economically productive individual. He must be "careful, industrious and frugal, as well as reputable and useful." If he does not "cart out his summer dung" nor "attend to his Fences" as he should, he will not prosper. Equally important is the keeping of records and educating his children in the three R's. Specific advice is given on a number of topics, such feeding foals, raising hemp, and caring for turkeys ("If they droop while young, view their rump, and you will find two or three feathers, whose quill parts are filled with blood-draw them, and the chick will soon recover"). The farmer is also admonished to avoid trying to settle things with his neighbor through frivolous lawsuits, which was, the author says, a "ruinous practice" common among New England farmers of the time. He should not hesitate, however, to confront in court the man who tries to do him out of his land or money. And remember that carrots, sown in sandy soil, with a little dung "to dress the ground," are "good for fattening cattle, swine and sheep." There is much more in this little booklet of "good farming practices," which is well written and well organized, and which offers sound counsel that is still timely today. Bookseller Inventory # 12030

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Title: An Address to Farmers on the Following ...

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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