Excerpt from Agricultural Drainage: A Retrospect of Forty Years Experiences The following treatise on Under-drainage in England and Wales consists of extracts from essays published, and from lectures delivered on the subject at different times during the last forty years, interspersed with passages from other kindred essays and papers of various dates; the object being to place before the reader such differences and coincidences as will enable him to trace from the commencement, the progress of works, and the influence of public opinion on the subject This mixture of written essays with spoken addresses will explain the various personal and impersonal modes of expression. Having given this small work the title of A Retrospect of Forty Years' Experiences the author desires to justify the term by explaining that so fax back as 1842 he acted with the late Mr. James Smith, of Deanston - the pioneer in land drainage - and Mr. Chamock, of Wakefield, and other earnest agriculturists, in founding the first association for the drainage of estates with collective capital, and, as stated in the 5th division of this treatise, he then had the opportunity, with the co-operation of Mr. Philip Fusey, M.P., and Mr. Bellenden Ker, the eminent counsel, and the support of the late Duke of Richmond, of obtaining an extension of existing parliamentary powers in the shape of the special provision giving to improvement loans priority over existing mortgages - an advantage which is considered to have done more to advance agriculture than any other step distinguishing the progress of the last forty years. The author, having taken the initiative in obtaining this valuable concession, may he pardoned the satisfaction he feels in the fact that with probably more than a million and a half acres drained with borrowed capital, as much as half the money borrowed for the purpose has already been repaid by instalments, without in any way injuriously affecting the interests of the existing mortgagees. 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 techlogy 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.