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the Miseries of War. The Rage of War, however mitigated, will always fill the World with Calamity and Horror : Let it not then be unnecessarily extended ; let Animosity and Hostility cease together ; and no Man be longer deemed an Enemy, than while his Sword is drawn against us.

The Effects of these Contributions may, perhaps, reach still further. Truth is best supported by Virtue: We may hope from those who feel or who see our Charity, that they shall no longer detest as Heresy that Religion, which makes its Professors the Fol. lowers of Him, who has commanded us to do good • to them that hate us.'

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THOUGHTS on AGRICULTURE;

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ANCIENT AND MODERN:

· With an Account of the Honour that is due to an

ENGLISH FARMER.

AGRICULTURE, in the primeval Ages, A was the common Parent of Traffick; for the Opulence of Mankind then consisted in Cattle, and the Product of Tillage ; which are now very essential for the Promotion of Trade in general, but more particularly so to such Nations as are most abundant in Cattle, Corn, and Fruits. The Labour of the Farmer gives Employment to the Manufacturer, and yields a Support for the other parts of a Community : It is now the Spring which fets the whole grand Machine of Commerce in Motion ; and the Sail could not be spread without the Aliftance of the Plough. But, though the Farmers are of such Utility in a State, we find them in general too much disregarded among the politer Kind of People in the present Age : While we cannot help observing the Honour that Antiquity has always paid to the Profession of the Husbandman: Which naVOL. II.

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turally leads us into some Reflections upon that Oce cafion.

Though Mines of Gold and Silver should be exhausted, and the Species made of them lost; though Diamonds and Pearls should remain concealed in the Bowels of the Earth, and the Womb of the Sea ; though Commerce with Strangers be prohibited ; though all Arts, which have no other Object than Splendor and Embellishment, should be abolished; yet, the Fertility of the Earth alone would afford an. abundant Supply for the Occafions of an industrious People, by furnishing Subsistence for them, and such Armies as should be mustered in their Defence. We, therefore, ought not to be surprized, that Agriculture was in so much Honour among the Ancients : For it ought rather to seem wonderful that it should ever cease to be so, and that the most neceffary and most indispensible of all Professions should have fallen into any Contempt.

Agriculture was in no Part of the World in higher Consideration than Egypt, where it was the particular Object of Government and Policy : Nor was any Country ever better peopled, richer, or more powerful. The Satrapæ, among the Asyrians and Persians, were rewarded, if the Lands in their Governments were well cultivated ; but were punished, if that Part of their Duty was neglected. Africa abounded in Corn ; but the most famous Countries were Thrace, Sardinia, and Sicily.

Cato, the Censor, has justly called Sicily the Magazine and nursing Mother of the Roman People, who were supplied from thence with almost all their Corn, both for the Use of the City, and the Subsistence of her Armies : Though we also find in Livy, that the Romans received no inconsiderable Quantities of Corn from Sardinia. But, when Rome had made herself Mistress of Carthage and Alexandria, Africa and Egypt became her Store-houses : For

those those Cities sent such numerous Fleets every Year, freighted with Corn to Rome, that Alexandria alone annually supplied twenty Millions of Bushels : And, when the Harvest happened to fail in one of these Provinces, the other came in to its Aid, and supported the Metropolis of the World ; which, without this Supply, would have been in Danger of pe. rishing by Famine. Rome actually saw herself reduced to this Condition under Auculus ; for there remained only three Days Provision of Corn in the City: And that Prince was so full of Tenderneís for the People, that he had resolved to poison himself, if the expected Fleets did not arrive before the Expiration of that Time ; but they came ; and the Preservation of the Romans was attributed to the good Fortune of their Emperor : But wise Precautions were taken to avoid the like Danger for the future.

When the Seat of Empire was transplanted to Constantinople, that City was supplied in the same Manner: And when the Emperor Septimus Severus died, there was Corn in the publick Magazines for feven Years, expanding daily 75,000 Bushels in Bread, for 600,000 Men. :

The Ancients were no less industrious in the Cultivation of the Vine than in that of Corn, though they applied themselves to it later : For Noah planted it by Order, and discovered the Use that might be made of the Fruit, by pressing out, and preserving the Juice. The Vine was carried by the Offspring of Noah into the several Countries of the World : But Asia was the first to experience the Sweets of this Gift ; from whence it was imparted to Europe and Africa. Greece and Italy, which were distinguished in so many other Respects, were particularly so by the Excellency of their Wines. Greece was most celebrated for the Wines of Cyprus, Lesbos, and Chio ; the former of which is in great Esteem at present: Though the Cultivation of the Vine has

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been generally suppressed in the Turkish Dominions. As the Romans were indebted to the Grecians for the Arts and Sciences, so were they likewise for the Improvement of their Wines ; the best of which were produced in the Country of Capua, and were called the Maffic, Calenian, Formian, Cæcuban, and Falernian, fo much celebrated by Horace. Domitian palled an Edict for destroying all the Vines, and that no more should be planted throughout the greatest Part of the West ; which continued almost two hundred Years afterwards, when the Emperor Probus employed his Soldiers in planting Vines in Europe, in the fame Manner as Hannibal had formerly employed his Troops in planting Olive-trees in Africa. Some of the Ancients have endeavoured to prove, that the Cultivation of Vines is more beneficial than any other Kind of Husbandry: But, if this was thought fo in the Time of Columella, it is very different at prefent ; nor were all the Ancients of his Opinion, for several gave the Preference to pasture Lands.

The Breeding of Cattle has always been considered as an important part of Agriculture. The Riches of Abraham, Laban, and 7ob, consisted in their Flocks and Herds. We also find from Latinus in Virgil, and Ulffles in Homer, that the Wealth of thote Princes con listed in Cattle. It was likewise the fame among the Romans, till the lntroduction of Money, which put a Value upon Commodities, and ellablithed a new Kind of Barter. Varro has not disdained to give an extensive Account of all the Beaits that are of any Use to the Country, either for Tillage, Breed, Carriage, or other Conveniencies of Man. And Cato, the Censor, was of Opinion, that the Feeding of Cattle was the most certain and fpeedy Method of enriching a Country.

Luxurv, Avarice, Injustice, Violence, and Ambition, take up their ordinary Residence in populous . Cities: While the hard and laborious Life of the

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