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OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION
OF USEFUL ARTS, FOR THE YEAR 1807. ROBERT R. LIVINGSTON, President. EZRA L'HOMMEDIEU, First Vice-President. SIMEON DE WITT, Second Vice-President. JOHN TAYLER, STEPHEN VAN RENSSELEAR, DE WITT CLINTON, PETER GANSEVOORT, Jun. GERRIT W. VAN SCHAICK,
Counsellors. JOHN WOODWORTH, ISAAC HUTTON, JAMES G. GRAHAM, ALEXANDER MILLER, SAMUEL L. MITCHILL, BENJAMIN DE WITT, CHARLES D. COOPER, Treasurer. MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION
OF USEFUL ARTS. Robert R. Livingston,
Samuel L. Mitchill, Ezra L'Hommedieu,
Douw Fonda, Simeon De Witt,
Samuel Russell, Isaac Hutton,
Fohn Woodworth, John Tayler,
Gerrit W. Van Schaick, John Lansing, Jun. Elkanab Watson, De Witt Clinton,
David Hosack, Charles D. Cooper,
Alexander Miller, Stephen Lusb,
John B. Romeyn, , James G. Graham, James Geddes, John H. Wendell, Peter Smith, Abraham Adriance, Salmon Buell, Joseph Annin,
John Ballard, Benjamin De Witt, Fohn Stevens, Peter De Labigare,
William P. Van Ness, Stephen Van Rensselaer, John Tryon, Morgan Lewis,
Joseph C. Yates, Peter Gansevoort, Jun. Francis Bloodgood, Frederick De Zeng, Jacob Brown.
HE Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Arts and Manufactures having expired by the limit. ation contained in the act of incorporation, another act of the legislature has been obtained, reviving its corporate powers under its present name, and a modification in some respects altered. It was found by experience that much of the business of the society could not be so well conducted at meet. ings of its members generally, as by a few selected for the purpose of devoting their special attention to those objects that required a considerable share of deliberation. The new act therefore provides for the appointment of a council, whose duties are particularly defined by a by-law, and embrace all such matters as were judged to merit more than ordinary investigation or care in their adjustment. Some other alterations were made, but this is the most important, and that from which the most beneficial effects are anticipated, as it will always secure a select number of the most efficient mem. bers to watch over the concerns of the society, and infuse a spirit into its proceedings.
The present publication comprchends discrimi. nately the transactions of the society, both before and after its re-incorporation, a circumstance which it was not thought necessary to notice in the title
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page. On perusal it will be seen that very little borrowed matter has been admitted ; such it was considered would too much exclude what was ori. ginal and esteemed of sufficient merit to be presented to the public. It will not be 'amiss in this place to observe, 'that communications of any use. ful discoveries will always be thankfully received ; and gentlemen, whether belonging to the society or not, who are disposed to make experiments in agri. culture, or who may be so fortunate eis to become acquainted with any thing original that may pro. mise to be productive of a public benefit, are invited to impart them to the society.
For the patronage of the state the gratitude of the public is due, but it is regretted that this på. tronage has not been extended so far as to confer the ability of accomplishing designs which aim at more extensive usefulness than has yet been attain. ed: Still it is hoped, 'that, émulating those wise governments which have considered it the best po. licy to assist, with adequate means, the efforts of its individual or associated subjects, engaged in plans for promoting the public good, our legislature will not deem it impolitic profligacy to permit a trifle of its vast revenue to be employed for purposes ac. knowledged to be essential to the prosperity of a nation. It has long been contemplated to attach to the society so much soil as would suffice for agri. cultural experiments. The uses of such an acquisition need not to be detailed; they will spontané.