This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1820 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. The object which the author of the following pages has more immediately in view, in submitting them to the public, is to lay down rules, and describe a method, by which standing trees of all sizes may be accurately and expeditiously measured, and their exact value ascertained. He has also considered it important to state the method of valuing oak coppice wood, at all ages. As connected with his subject, he has commenced the work with a few observations on the pruning, thinning, and the training up of coppice woods; to which he has added the most general, as well as what he considers the best mode of cutting and dressing up these woods. In doing this, he has aimed more at being intelligible than elegant--mo.ro at being concise than, by a multiplicity of words, to obscure or cloak his meaning. He makes no pretensions to literary knowledge, he advances what he conceives or knows to be facts--he is not guided in his opinions by theory--he proposes, when he does recommend, what is the result of many years' experience. It might naturally have been cx pected that he would have commenced the work with observations on planting,but he declines enteringupon that subject, as men of acknowledged information and abilities have already made known their opinions on it. He cannot, however, in passing, forbear mentioning, that the plan ting and training up woods to maturity in Scotland, at least in many counties of it, where there are many thousands of acres capable of bearing most excellent timber, and suited to no other purpose, is an art as yet but in its infancy. He trusts should these pages ever fall into the hands of those noblemen and gentlemen of his native country, who have land of the above description, and if they should chance to peruse it, after se...
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