Alec Nevala-Lee

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A farmer’s book of notes

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Besides these, [the farmer] should have another book, for miscellaneous observations, queries, speculations, and calculations, for turning and comparing different ways of effecting the same object…with all such inquiries, doubts, or propositions, worth attention, as he may have heard in conversation. Loose pieces of paper are generally lost after a time, so that when a man wants to turn to them to examine a subject formerly estimated or discussed, he loses more time in searching for a memorandum, than would be sufficient for making half a dozen new ones; but if such matters are entered in a book, he easily finds what he wants, and his knowledge will be in a much clearer progression, by recurring to former ideas and experience.

Arthur Young, The Farmer’s Calendar

Written by nevalalee

November 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

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