Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 338APPENDIX.
Dr. James B. Davis then introduced the following resolutions.
1. Resolved, That a state agricultural society be formed forthwith, to meet in Columbia.
2. Resolved, That the society be recommended to establish an annual fair and stock show in the town of Columbia, with suitable premiums for the finest animals exhibited, &c. The exhibition to be held on the first week ofthe session.
3. Resolved, That the society be also recommended to offer suitable premiums for the best lots of cotton, best variety of corn, small grain, &c .
4. Resolved, That the society be also recommended to offer suitable premiums for the best essay on the culture of rice, corn, small grain, cotton and the grasses, embracing in each essay a complete manual in the whole operations ofa plantation, of each of these products, of suitable size, comprehending management of negroes, improving lands, &c.
5. Resolved, That said society be divided into committees allotted to each and every distinct branch of agriculture, embracing geology, introduction of foreign seeds, &c.
6. Resolved. That the society provide the means of paying these premiums by an annual tax on the members.
7. Resolved, That the convention recommend to each district to form agricultural societies.
These resolutions were seconded by colonel J. H. Hammond, in a speech of some length.
W. Brooks, Esq. proposed the following amendment, which was adopted.
Resolved, That as an efficient auxilary towards the accomplishment of this high and honorable purpose, it is expedient to aid in the establishment of a cheap agricultural paper, to be issued weekly, at the seat of government, and that the same be recommended to the patronage of the public.
Dr. Davis proposed the following amendment to his resolutions, which was adopted.
Resolved, That this convention recommend to public patronage, as a means of diffusing agricultural information, such papers as may