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"GENERAL WASHINGTON possesses 10,000 acres of land in one body, where he lives-constantly employs 250 hands-keeps 24 ploughs going all the year, when the weather will permit-sowed in 1787, 600 bushels of oats, 700 acres of wheat, and prepared as much for corn and barley, potatoes, beans, peas, &c.-had near 500 acres in grass-and sowed 150 with turnips-Stock 140 horses, 112 cows, 235 working oxen, heifers, and stears, and 500 sheep. The land about his seat are all laid down in grass-the farms are scattered round at the distance of 2, 3, 4, or 5 miles, which the General visits every day, unless the weather is absolutely stormy-He is constantly making various and extensive experiments for the improvement of agriculture: He is stimulated with that desire which always actuates him, to do good to his country and benefit to mankind. In 1786 he killed 150 hogs, weighing 18,500 lb, for his family's use (exclusive of provisions for his negroes) which was made into bacon.

The progress which America has already made in manufactures, in the polite arts, in legislation, and in sciences is to ? and surprising that our correspondent upon ? may safely prognosticate that, under the ? care of this present happy frame of Government, the United States of America will, in less than a century become the praise and the glory of the whole earth.

Abiel Foster, Esq. is chosen representative for the state of New-Hampshire in the Congress of the United States. The representation of the Union is now complete.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts. The mission of the newspaper was to inform the public about the issues pertaining to the ongoing insurrections. Butler hoped that it would help prevent the mob mentality from gaining strength. This article is in praise of George Washington's agricultural ability. It sums up his livestock and amounts of acreage for each crop. The correspondent also feels that Washington aims to benefit his country and mankind. The writer thinks that the new United States of America will become the premier country on earth in less than a century. He mentions that the representation of the Union is complete with the selection of the delegate from New Hampshire.


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Extract on George Washington's farm, and state of America article published in the Hampshire Gazette

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
date   Jul 29, 1789
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   4.25"
height   6.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
accession #   #L04.114

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