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sorts, would do better on those poor foils than the stock generally found on them: A good and true shape having been found the strongest indication of hardiness, and what the graziers call a kindly sheep; one that has always an inclination to feed. He has an experiment to prove the hardiness of his breed which deserves notice. He has 5 or 6 ewes, that have gone constantly in the highways fince May-day, and have never been in his fields: the roads are narrow, and the food very bare; they are in excellent order, and nearly fat; which proves in the strongest manner, the excellence of the breed. And another circumstance of a peculiar nature is his flock of ewes, that have reared two lambs, being quite fat in the first week of July; an instance hardly to be paralleled. The breed is originally Lincolnshire, but Mr. Bakewell thinks, and very justly, that he has much improved it. The grand profit, as I before observed, is from the

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Of his hay he is also very choice; and the means he has taken to command as large a quantity as possible, are perhaps to be reckoned amongst the rarest instances of spirited husbandry ever met with among the common farmers of England. It is that of watering his meadows that lie along a small brook which runs through one part of his farm. This improvement was begun by his father now living, and carried on and finished by himself. These meadows, amounting from 60 to 80 acres, were all like the rest of the country in ridge and furrow ; over-run with ant-hills, and disfigured by various inequalities of surface. They were all ploughed up; kept clean of weeds for a crop or two; tilled in a very perfect manner, and laid down again to grass perfectly level, with a view to improvement by water: This operation is a proof that unlevel pastures may be ploughed down without any injury by "...; good land and bringing up bad, according to the common vulgar notion. "As soon as this work was done, he cleansed the brook in a manner peculiar to himself; his design was to keep the banks always clean and neat, and the water every where of an equal depth: and this he did, and continues to do when wanted, by throwing the sand and earth, driven in heaps and ridges by the stream, into the holes formed by it; never throwing any on to the banks, by which method the water is always kept to a level, with half the expence of the common manner of throwing the earth out, which enlarges the holes, but fills up, none. When this point was gained, the next business was to examine

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* For the plate, we must refer our curious readers to the original work.

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