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In an address to local agricultural societies in 1837, Edward Hitchcock of Amherst College stresses that all agricultural experiments should proceed in a scientific manner; that is, that they should be carefully observed and recorded. He notes that agricultural experiments, imperfectly conducted and only partially detailed, are not useful. Hitchcock enthusiastically supports the keeping of a journal of weather conditions by an approved individual in every town, and suggests that the information would be more useful for local use than the yearly almanacs.