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                                Chap X                  (15

122         - It is best to mix a little at

                a time only, & when it grows

                too dry, sprinkle a little liq’r

                over it again, until you en

                large the grains to the size

                you would wish. – The lar

                ger the better. –

123            The same pickle, pow-

                der & management will do

                for any sort of Corn, Seed,

                or grain, that you would

                sow in the manner described

                With his new invented

              transplanting machine

              particularly Wheat and

              Barley. –

                 Some mix old & New Tur

              nip seed together to avoid

              injury by the fly – but he

              recommends, in preference,

              to sow one half the seed

              steeped and managed as before

              directed – and the other half

              in its natural state. – Pag’s

119 -& 120

                                Chap: XII

                   General Pickles for Wheat

127         - For farmers who sow great

                and will not go to the expense

                of the above pickle

                   Take a Tar Hogshead; let


16)                          Chap: XII

127         it into the ground with its

                top even with the surface

              in some by place, having a

              cover thereon. – In this

              keep Chamber lees from

              one feed time to another,

              the older it is the better;

              in this throw all the Bullock

              Sheep, Hogs or any other

              sort of galls you can get

                --the more the better. –

                   In each hogshead full

                of liquor put two gallons

              of Train Oil, a great many

              heads of garlick bruised,

              one il. of Copperas, one lb.

              of Nitre, & one stone of bay

              salt.  Steep the feed therein

              eight hours & skim off all

              the light seed that swims

              at top, then take it out,

              & on a floor mix with it

              quick lime & soot of each

              an equal quantity, till it

              be of a consistensee proper

              for sowing.

128            It is a mistaken opini

              on that none but new

              Wheat will grow – old is ra

              ther better than new, parti

              cularly if steeped is this pic

              kle. – and were they to com


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These two pages contain George Washington’s handwritten notes on the 1785 book A New System of Husbandry by Charles Varlo. In these notes, Washington records various agricultural experiments he tried as well as advice and techniques from agricultural writers of his time.

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