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Senate Journal 1836 (30-318513-P253B.pdf)


information upon the subject of cultivating the mulberry tree and the raising the silk worms for the manufacture of silk. It cannot be doubted, that for these purposes, numerous advantages are possessed by our citizens. And in view of what is doing in other States of the Union in this important and growing branch of manufactures, it must be worthy of your consideration, whether through the public munificence through exercised upon comparatively a limited scale, an impulse may not be given to individual enterprise upon, that will rebound hereafter to your own honor as provident guardians of the public good, and to the incalculable benefits of the State at large. The Cultivation of Hemp is another branch of agricultural industry, which is commended to your consideration, as highly worthy of additional encouragement by the State. It is a product adopted to out soil and climate, to a degree unappreciated, as yet, perhaps, by a majority of those who are most immediately interested in its improvement. It is of a nature to resist successfully the droughts and frosts, that so seriously affect many other vegetable productions on which the husbandman has been accustomed to rely, as the principal reward of his industry. A practical Maturation [?] of the numerous advantages to be second by the cultivation of Hemp, would be direct value to the public, as well as most satisfactory to the agriculturist. This may probably be attained to the full extent desired, by the institution of a limited system of bounties to the cultivation. A geological survey of the State, upon a basis commensurate with the magnitude and variety of its territory and corresponding to the present auspicious condition of the public Treasury, is earnestly commended to your attention. It is an enterprise that may rightfully claim the encouragement of every class of industry, as involving more or less of probable utility to each. It is intimately commented [?] with the advancement of the arts and sciences, of agriculture, manufactures and commerce. A side from the hidden treasures of the State which a survey of the kind suggested,

Description: The journal of the Senate 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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