A rough account of what I did with Emacs recently.
Typos are as-is (including the year, which aside from the odd formatting of "XLVI" actually looks like it should have been 1745), the only change I made was to convert the old-style "s" to a regular one. The reason I'm quoting this here is that this is basically a surveyor of sorts suggesting that what these Waterford Irish really need to do with their land is turn it over to growing potatoes. The long-term results of this are, of course, history.
Such land as has a turfy sod, and will neither bring barley, or other grain, it is adviseable to grass up the turf sods and burn them, afterwards to set potatoes on the spread ashes, which trench so deep as to bring up sufficient mold and clay to cover them, and to mix the remaining turf un-burnt, to make mold hereafter. Ground so ordered will bring a good crop of potatoes, and afterwards a crop of oats. If the potatoes be set in January or the beginning of February, and are of the kidney kind, they may be dug out in July, or the beginning of August, and turnip seed may then be sown, which will be fit to pull and clear off the ground by the time they plow it for oats; so that in a year and a half there may be had three crops out of this sort of land, which in its own nature was not worth a shilling, and in some places not six-pence an acre. If the potatoes be dug in September or October, turnip seed then sown, will be fit for the pasture of sheep or black cattle till the time of plowing for oats, which in such sort of land will be best in March.
It may be objected, that if the inland parts of this kingdom, having such ground, should run much into this potatoe culture, that our markets would be glutted with them. In answer to which I would offer, that the main design is to alter the nature of such lands, and make them arrable, and it is impossible there can be a glut, when hogs are fattened with potatoes, which pork is excellent in its kind, will afford a good price, and is easily brought to market, and that without this management such lands cannot be made arrable.- from The Antient and Present State of the County and City of Waterford, Charles Smith, MDCCXLVI (1754)
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