John Thomson General View of the Agriculture of the County of Fife

General View of the Agriculture of the County of Fife

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Excerpt from General View of the Agriculture of the County of Fife: With Observations on the Means of Its Improvement: Drawn Up for the Consideration of the Board of Agriculture Internal Improvement

Agriculture, in every civilized nation, has been justly regarded as an object of the first importance, and, of all the useful arts, the most deserving of public attention and encouragement. At the same time that it furnishes a steady supply of all the necessary means of subsistence, and comfortable accommodation, to the individual, it contributes, most essentially, to the strength, the opulence, and the independence of the State. It must, therefore, appear surprising, that, in this country, so much distinguished by other improvements, the improvement of the soil should have continued so long the object of general neglect, and should never, till of late, have received that public encouragement, to which it has so just a claim.

Literary merit has been patronised by the most distinguished names. Improvements in the arts and sciences have been encouraged by public honours and rewards. Laws and regulations have been established, and bounties held out, to give energy and success to the exertions of the merchant and manufacturer.

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