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every acre producing its full quota, to see around the home of every farmer unmistakable evidence of contentment, happiness and prosperity.
ESSAYS AND REPORTS.
There were but three Essays submitted to your Committee for examination, neither of which seemed to merit the first premium of the Society. The essay on Horned Cattle, in the opinion of your Committee seemed to open up a subject in which every farmer has a personal interest, and on which there is a great diversity of opinion, and although your Committee were not clear whether the writer intended to give his own experience from a practical knowledge of the whole question, or whether it embodied his own theory from observation, still this essay may awaken a new interest in this important question. They therefore award the second premium to Joseph Kittridge, of North Andover.
The Essay on the Agriculture of Massachusetts, shows extensive research, and that its author had a desire to present this question to the consideration of his readers, in a manner sometimes the most effective, through the medium of the pocket. The result of his examination is summed up in a series of statistics in a concise form which will be useful for future refer
If the author had presented his views in a more direct manner, reducing it very much in length, we think it would have presented all that is really valuable, and it would be more likely to receive the careful attention of those for whose benefit it was prepared. We award the third premium to W. A. Durant, of Lawrence.
The Committee would invite the personal attention of the members of the Society, to the Report on Vegetables. The subject is one in which the community has a personal interest, and one that we trust will tell in the future, by an endeavor to consider the quality of our farm products worthy the caresul attention of every farmer, rather than the desire to be chronicled as the producer of some mammoth monstrosity unfit to be eaten by man or beast. We award the first premium of diploma and $10 to J. J. H. Gregory, of Marblehead.
The report on Manures is one in which every farmer has a personal interest. There is but little doubt that we suffer from the want of a sufficient quantity of fertilizers for the breadth of land under cultivation. He that will enable the farmer to make a wise choice out of the many preperations that are offered to his notice may be considered a public benefactor. We think the experiments of the author of this report, and his ability to speak from his own experience worthy of the careful thought of every agriculturalist. We award the second premium of eight dollars to James R. Nichols, of Haverhill.
This report seemed to your Committee of much importance, and one in which every member of the Society has an interest. “ Like labor, will produce like results.” The author has giv. en his personal attention to the department assigned him, and we think that the result of his labor will stimulate others to try and improve upon the results furnished in this report. We recommend the third premium of $6 to Andrew Nichols, of Danvers.
Your Committee, in submitting their views on the matters assigned them, do so with a sense of their inability to speak
with that confidence which will give weight to their opinions. We are obliged to depend upon theory, rather than practice, which dependence we would not recommend to farmers. We trust that the next Committee will be better versed in the subjects assigned them.
For the Committee - James Kimball, Chairman.
E. H. Payson, Treasurer, in account with the Essex igricultural Society,
per 1). Granger's account, $1701 89
less expenses of same, 1583 74-
scholarships, for last year,
“Boy's Plowing,” last year,
two scholarships, current year,
1.) To Fees from New Members,
To nett of Coupons Essex R. R.,
To Gold Coupons, in currency,
To Bauk Dividends,
To nett of Coupons, Essex R. R.,
78 00 118 15
By expense account as follows:
50 75 – 791 91
1075 00 000 000 By Balance to new account,
829 51 159 00
Funds Belonging to the Society.
16 shares in Warren National Bank, cost
8 shares in Exchange National Bank, par,
5 shares in First National Bank, Danvers, par
2 shares in Salem National Bank, par
Amount brought up,
EDWARI) H. PAYSON, TREASURER.
Amount carried up,
$12680 10! SALEM, October, 1869.
SALEM, December 19, 1869). The subscriber has examine the above account, and finds the same correct in all its parts and well vouched, the balance on
CHARLES KIMBALL, AUDITOR.