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ILLINOIS STITE AGRICULTIRIL SOCIETY:
PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNTY SOCIETIES,
JOAN A. KENNICOTT, CORRESPONDING SECRETARY, IN CHARGE.
VOLUME I. 1853-54.
The first volume of “ The Transactions of the linvis Stuie Agricultural Society," is respectfully submitted to ihe people of the state. I believe that it will be found highly intere-ting to farmers, mechanics and fruit growers, and well worthy of the no ice of readers generally. At the close of the volume will be fuand etulogues of animals observed in the extreme southern and northern portions, as it first contribution to the natural history of the siate. The speeches, letters, reports of committees, &c., scattered thruluh the volume, will be found full of in'crest; and the original essays, towards the close, are of the most valuable and reliable character--worlı much more, alone, than the entre cost of the volume to the people of the state,
And yet the book is not all the executive commice of the State society proposed to make it, nor quite equal to the desires and intentions of the editor in charge. With three exceptions, all the esslys were procured by the present corresponding secretary, be ween the middle of October and last of December, 185-1, and sulmited to the general assembly, ai tlie opening of the session of 18.55. The reports of county sociees, or this matter from which the notices were made up, was mostly collected by Bronson Murray, the former corresponding secretary, and prepared and uranged for the printers, by my friend, W. F. VI. Aruk-to whom I am also indebted for the copious iudex at the close of the volume.
I inay observe, too, that a delay of three weeks, waiting for a surply of printing paper, has compelied the closing of the work, while one long, and a number of short essays, prepared for the