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This Essay is a fragment of the course of Lectures which I had undertaken for instruction in Rural Economy at the Agricultural National Institute. Although denied the opportunity of using them in the way of oral teaching, I considered that these notes might prove useful in another form, and began by publishing extracts from them in the Revue des Deux Mondes. The kind reception which the series met with, both in France and in England, has induced me now to collect them into one volume.
I hope soon to give a sequel to this publication. In the years 1851 and 1852, during the short existence of the Agricultural Institute, I found time to compose a complete course of Rural Economy. I am now revising my Lectures, and hope soon to publish them. But I thought it advisable, for the sake of the science itself, to precede the preceptive part of the subject by a practical demonstration of its utility.
Some persons have done me the honour to consult me as to what should be done in France, in order that we may benefit from the examples of England and