Report on the Agriculture and Industry of the County of Onondaga, State of New York, 1860
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In obedience to your request, I have drawn up, for the use of our Society, a report on the county of Onondaga; I have endeavored to follow the plan furnished me by you, so far as the same appeared applicable to this county. The object has been to determine facts, and to state them in the simplest form practicable - avoiding the discussion of theories, except in cases that did not allow of the facts, being determined with certainty. I have freely availed myself of the labors of others who have gone before me, in all of the branches of the subject in hand. Credit will be found given in notes, in various places, to the authorities consulted; and I have received valuable aid from various persons, to whom I desire to return my thanks. I am particularly indebted to Mr. W. M. Beauchamp, of Skaneateles, for a list and description of troublesome weeds; to Mr. Chester Moses, of the same place, for information in regard to the cultivation of teasels; to Mr. Benjamin Clark, of Marcellus, and Col. Mars Nearing, of Brewerton, for information in regard to the cultivation of tobacco; and to Prof. James Johonnot, of Syracuse, for the particulars of the free schools of that city.
The topographical and geological map, that accompanies this report, has been made with care, intending to show, as accurately as practicable on so small a scale, the dividing lines between the various geological formations, and to locate the hills as they really exist. The heights given in the geological section, have been determined correctly by a level used under my direction by H. W. Clarke, C. E. The hills, and many of the small streams, have been determined by H. D. L. Sweet, topographical engineer, by actual survey. It is not intended to say that there are no errors in this map, but that an attempt has been made to get as near accuracy as practicable, with the time and means at my disposal.
The great object, in the whole work, has been to make it useful; originality is not claimed; in fact, I consider myself as hut the compiler, rather than the author of the report. It is not put forth to enlighten scientific men; to such, it will appear hut a small matter; but to assist our farmers in that advancement of their interests they are seeking. With these few preliminary remarks, the report is submitted for your consideration.
The committee to which was referred the survey of Onondaga county, as made by the Hon. George Geddes, beg leave to report:
That they have had the same under consideration, and through the courtesy of Mr. Geddes, nearly the whole report has been read to them during the time spent at the annual meeting.