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House Journal 1836 (30-318951-P218A.pdf)


of a character, calculated to produce very little of disposition or difference of opinion.

Among the subjects of this class agriculture holds a primary rank. It must at all periods present prominent claims upon the favorable consideration of the Legislative department of Government agriculture lies at the foundation of all national wealth and strength - it is the parent of manufactures the nurse of commerce, and the staff upon which all the arts and sciences lean for support. To encourage this necessary and advantageous pursuit of the citizenly every provision calculated to elevate it character and extend its influence, is the obvious duty of the legislation and patriot, at all times and in every government. In our own State particularly, where so vast an extent of territory, well adapted to the purposes of the husband man, lies unoccupied and unimproved, much may be done towards the increase of agricultural resources, by a liberal policy in legislation. To the actual settler every facility which does not involve a positive expense to the public Treasury, ought to be extended. An abundant recompense for it will be found in the acquisition which it will secure to the population, and consequently to the aggregate wealth of the State.

An enlargement of the existing number of Agriculturists within a State, is also the most effectual method of preparing in time of peace, for the exigencies of a State of War, a principle which enters into the policy of every prudent administration of government. In all ages and in all counties in which civilization had made any progress, men identified with the soil, any having an actual interest in its riches and its resources, have invariably been found among the ablest in its defense. Various consideration combine to awaken in them afternoon

Description: The journal of the House of Representatives documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1836

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