A New System of Cultivation, Without Lime, Or Dung, Or Summer Fallows, as Practised at Knowle-Farm, in the County of Sussex

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G. and W. Nicol, 1820 - Agriculture - 163 pages
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Page 45 - All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance : it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals.
Page 125 - The lab'ring husband in his house restrain, Let him forecast his work with timely care : Which else is huddled, when the skies are fair...
Page iii - If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion ; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.
Page 2 - In the preceding sixteen years' the value of the whole imported was 54,i86,7!S7/. ; of this was Irish corn, 8,379, 027/., being 616,0"5/. more than one seventh of the whole. Upon the whole, it appears to your Committee to be a fair practical inference to draw from this inquiry into the means which these countries possess of growing an additional quantity of corn, that they are able to produce as much more corn, in addition to that which they already grow, as would relieve them from the necessity...
Page 1 - The Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons, appointed to inquire into the state of the...
Page 130 - If the high price of corn were the effect, and not the cause of rent, price would be proportionally influenced as rents were high or low, and rent would be a component part of price. But that corn which is produced by the greatest quantity of labour is the regulator of the price of corn ; and rent does not and cannot enter in the least degree as a component part of its price*.
Page 47 - ... while the plough has not penetrated above three inches deep, and has turned over no part of the soil. * * • The plough has neither coulter nor mould-board, to divide and to turn over the soil ; and the handle gives the ploughman very little power to command its direction. The other instruments are equally imperfect, and are more rudely formed than it was possible for my draughtsman to represent.
Page 123 - China; 2 and the whole surface of the empire is, with trifling exceptions, dedicated to the production of food for man alone.
Page 47 - June, the field is ploughed from four to six times, according as it may be found clean or foul. The dung is then given, and ploughed into the soil. When the rains begin to be heavy, the seed is sown broadcast, and covered by the plough. The field is then smoothed with the Halivay, which is a harrow, or rather a large rake drawn by two bullocks, (see Fig.
Page 13 - As it has no tendency to diminish the quantity, it can have none to raise the price of that produce. It does not obstruct the industry of the people. It subjects the landlord to no other inconveniency besides the unavoidable one of paying the tax.

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