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TO

PLANTERS,

COLLECTED FROM

VARIOUS AUTHORS OF ESTEEMED AUTHORITY,

AND FROM

ACTUAL OBSERVATION.

BY

FRANCIS DUKINFIELD ASTLEY, ESQ.

Let India boast her plants, nor envy we
The weeping Amber, or the balmy tree,
While by our Oaks the precious loads are born,
And realms commanded, which those trees adorn.

POPE,

Manchester,
Printed and Sold by R. & W. DEAN, Market-street-lane ;

Sold also by W. Fokd.

1807.

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TO THE

PRESIDENT AND GENTLEMEN

OF THE

Manchester Agricultural Society.

PERMIT me to address these few observations to you, upon those trees usually cultivated in this country. From the encouragement you hold out to planting, I have presumed, that this little work, with all its imperfections, will not be unacceptable.

I have the honour to be,

Your obedient humble servant,

FRANCIS DUKINFIELD ASTLEY.

DUKINFIELD LODGE, CHESHIRE,

January 1, 1807.

PREFACE.

IN the following pages are selected the opinions of authors esteemed for their knowledge of the various species of trees, and in no case is a soil recommended as appropriate to any tree, without an observation having been made upon the progress that particular soil has produced. Hunter's edition of

Evelyn's Silva,is, no doubt, the most valuable book to planters, but to those persons who have not an opportunity of consulting that work, and many writers, whose remarks are very interesting, the Author hopes these gleanings and humble hints may be of some trifling service.

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