Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
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The president called for the report of the committee of fifteen, when the chairman, B. R. Carroll, Esq., submitted the following

The committee appointed to prepare business for the agricultural convention, beg leave respectfully to report, that after an enquiry, in which the sentiments of the different sections of our state have been consulted, they are of opinion that the following subjects are fit and proper for the consideration ofthe convention, viz.
1. The creation, by the legislature, of an agricultural professor-ship in the South Carolina College.
2. The appropriation, by the legislature, of a seam of money to defray the expenses of a geological and agricultural survey of the state.
3. The establishment of an agricultural school in some central and healthy position of the state.
4. The establishment of a state board of agriculture, to meet at Columbia or somewhere else in the state.
5. The introduction into our free schools of some elementary work on agriculture.
In limiting their recommendation to the propositions alluded to, the committee have done so with a view of not crowding upon the convention the consideration of too many topics of absorbing interest. They believe that the fault of our agricultural meetings has heretofore been, that they have attempted too much, and done too little. Hoping, therefore, that they have selected such matters as will interest the convention, they beg to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject.
The report having been laid before the convention for discussion, Charles R. Carroll, Esq. addressed the chair in support of its recommendations. He was followed by James H. Hammond Esq. in opposition. J. A. Calhoun, Esq., and B. R. Carroll, Esq., spoke in reply to colonel Hammond.
B. R. Carroll, Esq. moved to consider the propositions of the report separately, "and to add to the first and second propositions, the words, and that the same be recommended to the legislature ;" so that it would rood as follows: