Georgical Essays, Tom 5

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T. Wilson and R. Spence, 1804
 

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Strona 539 - Observe, that from the time the kernel germinates for apple-<|uick, should the plant be disposed to form a valuable variety, there will appear a regular progressive change or improvement, in the organization of the leaves, until that variety has stood, and grown sufficient to blossom and come into full bearing; that is, from the state of infancy to maturity; and it is this and other circumstances, by which the inquisitive eye is enabled to form the selection among those appearing likely to become...
Strona 123 - By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
Strona 113 - The animal which forms the thread, has no wings wherewith to fly from one extremity to the other of this line ; nor muscles to enable it to spring or dart to so great a distance : yet its Creator hath laid for it a path in the atmosphere ; and after this manner. Though the animal itself be heavier than air, the thread which it spins from its bowels is specifically lighter. This is its balloon. The spider, left to itself, would drop to the ground ; but being tied to its thread, both are supported....
Strona 530 - ... perhaps through the several repeatings of the same variety ; whereas the seed, from having been placed in the earth, germinates and becomes a new plant, wherever nature permits like to produce like in vegetation ; as in the oak, beech, and other mast-bearing trees. These latter trees, from each passing through the state of seedlings, are perfectly continued, and endued with the functions of forming perfect seeds for raising other plants by evolution, to. the continuance of the like species. This...
Strona 95 - And it cannot be observed without admiration, what a tifsue of cordage, ie of muscular tendons, must run, in various and complicated, but determinate directions, along this fine surface, in order to enable the animal, either to gather it up into a certain precise form, whenever...
Strona 40 - ... barren harsh sands, and rendered many parts of them highly productive. The method they follow is simple and uniform ; they never undertake to cultivate more of this barren soil at a time, than they have sufficient manure for, seldom more than...
Strona 418 - ... such food, go through all the work of the season better than on any other in common use ; fed only with corn and hay, even with a great allowance, they would not be in near such order. If oats and carrots are given at the same time, they leave the oats and eat the carrots ; but for horses that arc rode fast, they are not equally proper.
Strona 541 - And here is is worth while remarking, that a Gascoyne, or wild cherry, will grow to twice the size that ever an engrafted cherry did. By an experiment we have had in hand for five years, it will appear that the roots and stem of a large tree, after the first set of scions are exhausted or worn out, may carry another set for many years; and we suspect a third set, provided the engrafting is properly done, and the engrafter chooses a new variety. Now the Ripston pippin, of Yorkshire, is the favourite,...
Strona 533 - I was obliged to speak very strongly, in order to place the culture upon its true foundation. I think it need not be observed, that there is no acquiring a new variety, but through the means of a seedling plant; and therefore whoever wishes to succeed must attempt it that way, or wait till others in their plantations may more fortunately produce it. In choosing the seeds, that apple is most likely to produce the clearest and finest plants, whose kernels are firm, large, and well ripened. The size...
Strona 281 - It should . . . seem, even upon a slight consideration of the subject, that agriculture, when it is thrown into a number of hands, becomes the life of industry, the source of plenty, and the fountain of riches to a country; and that monopolized and grasped into a few hands, must dishearten the bulk of mankind . . .

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