Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture for the Year ...

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1867 - Agriculture

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Page 513 - It will not be doubted, that, with reference either to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance. In proportion as nations advance in population and other circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more apparent, and renders the cultivation of the soil more and more an object of public patronage. Institutions for promoting it grow up, supported by the public purse; and to what object can it be dedicated with greater propriety?
Page 503 - I thank God there are no free schools nor printing! and I hope we shall not have these hundred years; for learning has brought disobedience and heresy and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them and libels against the best government — God keep us from them both!
Page 445 - No mother, no woman, who has passed over the few first years of life, sings, or dances, or draws, or plays upon musical instruments. These are merely means for displaying the grace and vivacity of youth, which every woman gives up, as she gives up the dress and the manners of eighteen ; she has no wish to retain them ; or if she has, she is driven out of them by diameter and derision.
Page 513 - The necessity of accelerating the establishment of certain useful manufactures by the intervention of legislative aid and protection and the encouragement due to agriculture by the creation of boards (composed of intelligent individuals) to patronize this primary pursuit of society are subjects which will readily engage our most serious attention.
Page 522 - Patents, an appropriation of $1000 was made for the "collection of agricultural statistics, investigations for promoting agriculture and rural economy, and the procurement of cuttings and seeds...
Page 513 - ... charged with collecting and diffusing information, and enabled by premiums and small pecuniary aids to encourage and assist a spirit of discovery and improvement. This species of establishment contributes doubly to the increase of improvement by stimulating to enterprise and experiment, and by drawing to a common center the results everywhere of individual skill and observation, and spreading them thence over the whole nation. Experience accordingly has shown that they are very cheap instruments...
Page 293 - Jaques' stock is a deep red, a favorite color in New England. They are well formed and thrifty upon common feed ; and, if they continue to display the extraordinary properties by which they are now distinguished, they promise to prove themselves, for dairy purposes, the most valuable race of animals ever known among us ; and as remarkable as any of which we have any information.
Page 321 - THE attachment of the Arabs to the horse has led their prophets to invent a fabulous account of his creation, which poetically expresses their admiration of this useful animal. Abd-el-Kader, in reply to the inquiries of the French government about the Arabian horse, thus described this fanciful theory: "When God wished to create the horse, he said to the south wind, ' I wish to form a creature out of thee — bo thou condensed...
Page 447 - Annapolis was the focus of intellect and fashion for Maryland, and its fruits shone through her conversation, and colored and completed her natural eloquence, which my father used to say would have made her an orator, if it had not been thrown away on a woman. She was the incarnation of all that is Christian in life and hope, in charity and thought, ready for every good work, herself the example of all she taught.
Page 510 - Princes and lords may flourish or may fade : A breath can make them, as a breath has made ; But a bold yeomanry, their country's pride. . When once destroyed, can never be supplied.

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