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the truth of the assertions I have here | Mr. Paddison, of Louth, in the same made.
county, has sent me a fine sample of corn But it is, first of all, necessary to prove growed in that neighbourhood. that this corn will come to perfection in not speak to the amount of the crop, but this country; and that I am now going to says his corn is as fine as any that he ever prove, in a manner which would close up saw of my growing, which indeed it the gainsaying jaws of any one upon appears to be, from the sample which he earth, the LIAR only excepted. In has sent. Seven other persons in his giving an account of the corn which I neighbourhood have growed the corn, and have received from the several counties, 1 have had very fine crops. Doctor shall begin at the NORTH, come on SNAITH, at Boston, in the same county, towards the south, and then go into the tells me, that he himself has had a fine LAST ; then go to the west; and then into crop ; that the ears are generally finer the four SOUTHERN counties of Surrey, than those that he received from me; Kent, Sussex, and HAMPSHIRE, end that he has received eight or ten samples ing with a very particular account of what from those to whom he gave the corn; has been done in the parishes round about that all who have cultivated it have had BATTLE, and in the little bunch of HARD good crops, excepting one person; that PARISHES in the north of Hampshire. the whole neighbourhood is delighted with
From Mr. DUNCAN ANDERSON of it, and that several farmers have applied Paisley, I received two very fine ears of to him for information about it. corn that were gathered in the month of From NorFOLK I have not received September: they were not ripe, por any- any specific information, nor any samples ; thing like ripe, nor was the season come but from SUFFOLK, I have received from for their being ripe even in the south of Mr. Robert Child, of Bungay, samEngland; but Mr. Anderson had a ples of very fine corn, growed this year in friend coming from PAISLEY to London; several parishes of the eastern part of and he gathered the ears a month before that county. From Mr. Clouting of the time in order not to lose that oppor- Eve, in Suffolk, I have received two ears tunity
. Paisley is, I believe, four hun. of beautiful corn. He tells me that the dred miles to the north of London. I corn amounts to twenty coombs per acre; have received a large bunch of very fine that is to say, ten quarters per acre; and ears of corn; not so long nor quite so he tells me, that he has seen Mr. Kent, large as some others, but perfect in form, of Stanton, who tells him that he has and perfectly ripe, growed, this year, by growed, this year, full twenty coombs Mr. Blakey, at Morpeth, in Northum- upon an acre, and that the shelled corn BERLAND, for which I am very much weighed 234 pounds the coomb, which is obliged to that gentleman. At Preston, fifty-eight and a half the bushel. This in LANCASHIRE, Mr. Wilcoxson, the falls a little short of my weight, which I editor of the Preston Chronicle, to whom shall have hereafter to state. I sent a bag of corn in the spring for dis- wich I received a very fine sample of tribution, informs me that several persons corn, and it was the first I received this to whom he gave the corn have had very year; but I mislaid the letter, and beg
crops at and near that place, where pardon of the writer for not having anit seems eight or ten persons have culti- swered it.
I now go towards the west. In BERKIn LINCOLNSHIRE, at and near Great SHIRE I have only to speak of some samGrimsby, the coro has been growed with ples of very good corn raised by Mr. great success. Mr. Joshua PLASKITT, BUDD of Burghcleare, Mr. Grár of of that place, has sent me twenty-one Newbury, and Mr. FORSBURY, who lives, samples of corn, growed in and near it, I believe, at Newtown. In Wiltsuure all ripe, sound, and perfect, and marked some beautiful corn has been growed at with the names of the several growers, and near Malmesbury. I ought to have amongst which I have the pleasure to see accounts from Pewsey and that neighthat there are those of some labouring men. bourhood; but they have not arrived.
Fated the corn.
The corn has been grored at Fisherton, schoolmaster there ; but it was small in near Salisbury, by Mr. BARLING, and quantity, and his land is exceedingly good. by others, to whom he gave some of the There is a part of that extensive parish corn sent by me. There is no better called the Bourne, which in some sort situation in the kingdom for the growth resembles the seat of the Benedictine of this corn ; but the farms in WILT- Monks in the times of the ancient and SHIRE have always been large, from the desolating wars ; it is a wild common, very nature of that fine and beautiful covered with heath, with here and there a county. The labourers have worse gardens green dip, lying between the innumerable than almost anywhere else; and they have little hills; at least, such was its state been brought down closer to the infernal when I was a little boy; and there I potato level.
spent many a day, digging after rabbits'. From GLOUCESTERSHIRE, I hare re- nests, rolling down the sand-hills, and ceived a letter from Mr. Daniel Croone whipping the little efts that crept about of Berkeley, and twenty ears of his own in the heath. But this scene is quite crop of most excellent corn. This gen- changed; the land being generally too tleman distributed eighty-eight ears of poor to attract the rich, this common has the corn that I sent to him to an equal escaped enclosure bills; and every little number of persons in the parish and green dip is now become a cottager's neighbourhood. He tells me, that he finds garden or field, appropriated on the printhat the corn has been very productive, ciples of the law of nature; and, the and ripened well; and that he finds that Bishop being the Lord of the Manor, the leaves, and even the stems, of the while the herbage is hardly worth looking corn-plant, are very good food for horses, atter by his tenants, these appropriators which I well knew before, and which have been suffered to go on, till they have I have amply experienced this last sum- formed a grand community of cottages, mer. From Mr.Richard Isles, of Fair- each with its plat of ground and its pigsty. ford, I have the following account, Humble as are the dwellings of the which I am compelled to give in abridg Bourners,” they have not, it seems, ment; namely, that he has had, on three wholly escaped the viper tongue of slander; quarters of an acre and nine rods, an ave. but, though I do not pretend that their rage of sixty-eight bushels of shelled corn community, like that of the anciont fato the acre. He having encountered many thers of Saint Benedict, is, to quote the disadvantages not to be expected to be beautiful description of Mr. Southey, absoexperienced in the ordinary course of lutely“ a green Oasis amidst the desert;" things; but here, under all these disad- and that, “ like stars in a moonless vantages, Mr. Isles has eight quarters night, it shines upon the country round and a half of shelled corn to the acre, with a tranquil ray;" though I do not which is more than double the average pretend that the Bourners are equal to amount of a crop of wheat upon regular the Benedictines, either in learning or in wheat-land; and, observe, always when piety; though I do not pretend, that the the wheat is seven shillings and sixpence Pourne is that “ Goshen of God, which a bushel, the corn will be worth six shil." enjoys its own light amidst darkness and lings the bushel. From Mr. GOMME,“ storms;" I do pretend that this commu. bookseller, of Gloucester, to whom I sent nity of cottages,
trespassers" as the a bag of the corn for distribution, I have a occupants are, is a good thing, seeing letter, in which he tells me that he gave that it gives bacon to hundreds who, the corn to fifty-seven persons, nearly all without it, would have to live upon
the labourers; that they have all had excellent soul-debasing potatoes. And if I live till crops, and that next year, as he believes, next spring, and can possibly find the the planting of the corn will become very time, I will go down, and make all general.
these Bourners cultivate my corn; and I now return to the south. At Farn. I hereby, to save postage (and not run the ham, in Surrey, some very fine corn has risk of losing a letter to Farnham, as I been growed by my nephew, who is a lost one from it), request my nephew to
rent for me twenty or thirty rods of I ever received; but it is right that I pretty good ground, in the Bourne, on the should give the bad as well as the good; side of the Bourne towards the town, or but here are eight quarters to the acre. on the fiat; to give a good rent for it, From Kent I have received beautiful and to have it dug up deep, and laid samples of corn, raised by Mr. Fish, rough, as soon as he can. Standing upou brewer, at Maidstone ; and from Tontheir pristine privileges ; like the exem- bridge a very good account from Mr. plary mistress of the unfortunate ABE- KIPPING, who says that the crops are LARD,
large and well ripened, and who sends me “Scording all laws but those by nature made;"
some very beautiful samples.
In Sussex, I skip over Battle and its being stronger than I, and seeing the corn neighbourhood for the present, and go to to be a good thing, the Bourners may per- Pevensey and its celebrated Level, haps come and exercise on it le droit whence Mr. Tuos. PLUMLEY writes to du plus fort : in plain English, take it me, that he had destined forty rods of away; at which I shall not repine, if ground for the corn, which he planted in they observe but one condition; namely: May, one part a little later than the other; not to take it till it be quite ripe! The that early in June, a flock of forty geese mode in which I intend to proceed is this: got in, and pulled up all that was out of to carry down a bag of corn, and to go to the ground; so that he was obliged to every Bourner that has got a pig or a forrl, transplant, and not having plants enough, show him an ear of the corn, and ihen he tell ten rods shart; a part of his ground toss it down to his pic or his fowl, letting was planted on the 23th of May; and him draw his information in at his eyes. the plants were not out of the ground They will all soon hear that I have when the geese gotin. He had therefore planted a piece of that corn; and when but thirty rods of ground in corn; and he they see the crop, the business is done, says, that he shall have twenty bushels whether they see me take it away in a of shelled corn, notwithstanding the injury lump, or whether they themselves take it his crop received. He says that his corn away in detail. Now, quitting the Bour. was neither topped nor bladed. He sends Ders till the spring, I go to Chilworth, me six ears, which he says were taken in the same county, which lies on the south from the plants planted on the 28th of side of St Martha's-hill, near Guildford, May, and gathered about the 12th of where Mr. Rowland's son tells me that November ; so that this crop was upon he gave some of the corn to a labouring the ground from the putting in of the seed man, who brought him, the other day, a to the gathering of the corn, only a hunsparib, weighing ten pounds and a half, dred and sixty-eight days. Mr. Plumfrom a hog fatted, as Mr. Rowland un- ley says, at the close of his letter, “ I derstood, with the produce of the corn. have had one sack ground; it weighed At Redhill, near Reigute, in the same two hundred and forty-eight pounds, county, Mr. Clarence had twenty rods, which very much surprised me,'not thinkwhich produced nine heaped bushels of ing it would weigh so much.” The six corn in the ear, and from six to seven ears sent by Mr. Plumley are amongst the bushels of shelled corn; but he says tha: finest that I ever saw; and one of the a great part of his corn did not ripen; and ears is the very largest and heaviest that that he used part of it in the green state. I ever saw of the Cobbett-corn. Being He is of opinion, and so a:n I too, that it here, just upon the edge of the water, I will not answer to grow it in considerable will step over to GUERNSEY, whence I quantities, without the assistance of a have received a box of most beautiful kila; and that is what I ain going to show corn. I thought it exceeded every-thing most clearly before I have concluded this till I saw that of Mr. Plumley; and Mr. paper. As Mr. Clarence says nothing Plumley surpasses it only in one single awat the fodder, I suppose he did not ear. Some of my own is, I think, equal think of using the leaves and tops in that to the Guernsey-corn; but not quite equal way; this is the worst account of the corn to the corn of Mr. Plumley. It is truly
surprising that this corn never should put to them, and accompanied with the before have been cultivated in Guernsey following letters. and Jersey, though it has for ages and
St. John's-street, Chichester, ages been cultivated at Brittany, where it
Nov. 21, 1831. is still cultivated, but in a miserable way.
“ Dear Sir,-With great pleasure I assisted The gentlemen who send me these sam- Mr. Gray iu ihe distribution of the Cobbettples of corn from Guernsey are full of corn, which you kindly sent to Chichester, expressions of gratitude for the good that in order to be plauted last spring. I have done their country.
“We now send you sume samples of the
corn. The ticketed ears are the growth of the Strange thing! The land is the same, respective growers; on which tickets a few re the climate the same, that they always marks are made as to the quantity planted were; the corn has existed in the world and as to the goodness of crop; the quality always; its qualities have always been ticketed ears are mostly the growth of la
of the corn will speak for itself. The unthe same; and yet it never was cultivated bourers living in different parishes in the even in these southern islands, until I put neighbourhood of Chichester, who planted pen to paper on the subject. If the whole patches in their gardens, and who in most of the Whig Ministry were to live to the instances used a great part of it in its milky
state, and the remainder of the corn has since age of Methuselah, they would not do so been given to their pics or poultry, but who in much good in the world as I have done to every instauce have made a reserve of some of these little islands alone. If this should the corn to plant again ; regretting they have reach the eye of any of those gentlemen
not more ground to plant it in, Now, Sir, you who have corn to sell, this is to inform the coru was planted, it more than realised the
may rely on it that' in every instance where them, and everybody else indeed, that expectations of the grower; and depend upon Mr. Saps FORD, corner of Queen-Anne itibat numbers of others will plant the corn and Wimpole streets, will purchase any
next spring. Taspired to the honour of being quantity at three shillings for a bushel of your hust had you reached Chichester when
on your tour from Lewes to the west, an ears of sound and dry corn. Thus, we honour which I still hope to have. With sinhave the coro ripening to perfection from cere wishes for your health and happiness, the island of Guernsey to Paisley in
" I remain, dear Sir,
Your obedient and humble servant, Scotland ! Coming back now to Sussex,
" RICHARD COSINS." I have received, through Mr. GEORGE ROBINSON of Lewes, a sample of very fine corn, growed by James Collins of
“ Chichester, Nov. 21, 1831. Isfield, which, Mr. Robinson tells me, “ Dear Sir,- Immediately on the receipt of has been very inuch admired by many your parcel of corn last April, I took the whole farmers and gentlemen. From Lodge to our mutual friend Mr. R. Cosios, who being farm, in the parish of Worth, Mr. Sa- a retired farmer, and having leisure, I thought MUEL Brazier sends me a very fine whose annexed account I refer you, which, to
would do the thing better thau I could, to specimen of corn, and also a specimen of gether with the parcel of coru sent by the Swedish turnips, growed írom my seed, bearer, vur friend, Mr. Adams, of our town, one weighing nine and a half pounds and will be enough to make Hunt blush, if bis one seven pounds. Endless are the lashes
skin is not too thick. Hunt did not send me
one of his circulars. which these letters lay upon the back of “ Mr. Cosins bas po objection to his name THE LIAR. It would be almost repeti- appearing in print, if you think proper. I think tion to insert the passages describing his if his letter appears in your publication, it may baseness ; but I cannot help inserting the do good, as he is much forsked up to as an
upright mau, a consistent politician, a good words of MR. BRAZIER, so truly rustic farmer, and well known through west Sussex and apt are they. “I can say nothing and east Hampshire. At any time you may “about Hunt, as he holds with the hounds command my services, I shall be proud to " and runs with the hare!” BRAZIER
oblige you in any way;
“ Your humbleservant, knows the fellow of old, and he knows
" JAMES GRAY." Brazier well! From Chichester, in the same county, I have received a great I now go into HAMPSHIRE, beginning many samples of very fine corn, the ears at Portsea, whence I have received, all ticketed, and the names of the growers through Mr. Big wood of Queen-street,
fifteen samples of very beautiful corn. He Alresford, from a Mr. Roberts, who is I executed my request very punctually, and believe both a miller and a farmer, I has taken great pains in rendering me have received a bunch of ears of corn as an account of the result. His indignation fine as ever grew from the earth ; not against the LIAR is too great for him to quite so large, so long, nor so heavy, as express. One of the sanıples of corn sent some of mine, as the Guernsey.corn, and by Mr. Bigwood was accompanied with | as Mr. Piumley's of Pevensey; but cera letter, which is of so interesting a nature tainly rather exceeding all the other samthat I cannot refrain from inserting it here. ples, except perhaps one which comes from Elm Cottage, near Kingston Cross,
SUFFOLK, in which county all the corn Nov. 21, 1831.
appears to have been exceedingly fine. "Sir,- This year I planted a piece of land
From Mr. Blount of Up-Husband near with corn in open ground in row's three feet Andover, in the same county, I have a eight inches a part. On the 18th of April, little box of very fine corn. Mr Blount when the corp came up, I found that some planted twenty-two rods of ground, and bad failed. I then travsplanted and made he says that he had twenty bushels of goed the rows, and seeing they looked wide apart, 1 plauted a row of York cabbage be- prime ears, which is at the rate of eighty tweet each row; I cut the cabbage and hoed bushels of shelled corn to the acre, or the curd, and then planted brucoli in the same thereabouts; that this was not half the sows, stich is now growing. The ear I have produce, the rest being brought in, stalks sent you is a fair sample, there being from and all, and tossed down to the cows, two to three on a stalk, and on some I had four. Now, Sir, I sowed at the same time a pigs, and poultry. He says that his crop piece of land with barley equal in size to that of corn was plundered by the boys, who ibe era was on. The produce of the coru found out that the ears were good to was half as much more in measure and weight than the barley. I had a loaf made of ball
eat when green; just, I suppose, as the coro and half wbeat last year, and it was very Disciples did, when they were going up to good bead. But Mrs. King keeps the corn Jerusalem on the Sabbath-day. This is for poultry, finding they faited quickly amit a sort of instinctive taste, that will require firm, and laid much finer eggs than with barley Lord BROUGHAM's “ parish libraries” feeding. I find it has the same effect witli pigs as with pouttry. I gathered several ears of to correct; for Mr. BraZIER, of Worth, curu, quie ripe, on the 24 of September, and tells me, that the hop-pickers' girls and all was gathered in by the middle of October.
boys took a good deal of his corn in the "I remain your bumble servant,
" WM, KING."
Here, at Up-Husband, I am withio a I cannot sufficiently thank Mr. Big- few miles of the bunch of little hard paWOOD for the pains he has taken; but he rishes ; but I must skip over to Battle, is a really “ public-spirited man, and re-in Sussex, and come back to the hard quires Do thanks; with him to do good parishes again. Always when we are to the country is to do good to himself; thinking about doing good to the country, aod that is the case with every man who we, in spite of ourselves, have some par. communicates with me on this most in- ticular part or parts of it more immeteresting subject. From Lymington, Mr. diately in our eye than the rest. When John T'EMPLER writes me, that the corn I first contemplated the gratuitous distrihas succeeded everywhere. I liave re-bution of the corn, I had just been in ceived ears from a lady living in the Hampshire, and I had gone from WinDeighbourhood of Lymington. Mr. Tem-chester to Bullington, to see and console PLEB adds, and “yet Hunt calls the corn the widowed mother of those two excellent " that you gave away a fraud! Why, young men the Masons. I could not see “ what an impudent brazen LIAR the that bunch of parishes without feeling a " fellow must be ! And this is the use, desire to do good to the labourers there, " is it, that the fool makes of the power reflecting, as I could not help doing, on * of franking given to him by the people the proceedings of the recent SPECIAL " of Preston!” At Alton, in the same COMMISSION. I promised the widow, county, I saw some as fine corn as I ever that I would return in May, to plant for saw in my life, last suinmer. Froon Old her a piece of ground to fat a pig or two,