Punch,  49 (1865), 243.

The Farmers and their Friend



News-Commentary, Drollery


Agriculture, Experiment, Patronage

    Discusses an article in the Morning Star describing a testimonial fund for John J Mechi whose 'Deep draining, and sparse sowing, and liberal manuring' and 'experiments in farming' have, according to Punch, enabled farmers to grow crops on poor land. Firmly rejects arguments that Mechi is an enemy of farmers (owing to the increased rents of improved land) and upholds the claim that intelligent farmers have benefited from his 'trials'. Concludes by expecting such farmers to contribute to the fund and by pointing out that if all farms were 'farmed as well as Tiptree' (Mechi's farm) then 'agricultural distress' would be prevented.

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