Excerpt from History and Progress of the Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture Gentlemen, - With the close of this session, the first quarter of a century in the history of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture will have terminated. In view of this fact, and also that only one member of the original Board, and Secretary Flint, are present with us on this occasion, and that he who now addresses you will soon be numbered among those who will have passed beyond the river, to work with you no more, I have thought it proper to submit a few thoughts in regard to the history and progress of the Board, although at the risk of repeating some things I may have stated before. The results of our labors are so fully set forth in the beginning of the secretary's report, and in former reports, as scarcely to need an additional remark, except by way of confirmation. And what I shall say, I beg may not be considered as valedictory for myself or for the Board: God only knows when the time shall arrive for the utterance of these. As for the Board, we believe it will speak for itself for many years to come. Anterior to its establishment, very little united action had taken place between the agricultural societies of our own or other States of the Union for the purpose of creating State Boards of Agriculture. But the example of Massachusetts and a few other States produced a change in public sentiment, which has resulted in great improvement. True, there were agricultural societies in many of our States, some of which still live in a green old age, and are actively at work with us; but there were no State Boards of Agriculture, with representatives, constituting, as they now do, departments for great agricultural influence and importance. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.