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Essay on Sheep

$12.00

Essay on Sheep

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A treatise on the history of importing Merino sheep in the US and a delightful read.  Essay on Sheep was printed in 1809 by the NYS Legislature and reprinted by the United States Historical Research Service in Schenectady, NY in 1994.  A great find for history buffs and shepherds.

Book is soft cover and bound by a blue card stock cover.  186 pages.  A great find at $12 plus $2.60 shipping/handling.

Robert Livingston was the first president of the New York Agricultural Society and wrote the manual to share information about how to manage sheep and introduce the Merino breed in the US to improve the wool fiber of American flocks.  

Livingston was a significant actor in the early formation of the United States.  He helped draft the Declaration of Independence, was the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs and negotiated the 1803 purchase of the Louisiana Territory while serving as Jefferson's ambassador to France.

From the booklet:

"By what simple means does providence produce the greatest good? That we are not at this moment fierce, savage, and brutal, little superior to the beasts that roam in the wilderness, and only employing that little superiority in their destruction, in the destruction of each other, is probably owing to the domestication of graminivorous animals, and, first of all, to that of sheep.  To them we are also indebted for some of the most pleasing, as well as for the most important and useful arts. The cradle of music and poetry was rocked by the shepherds of the Arcadia; while the spindle and the distaff, the wheel and the loom, originated in the domestication of sheep. This little animal then, in losing its own wild nature, has not only converted the savage into the man, but has led him from one state of civilization to another; the fierce hunter has changed into the mild shepherd, and the untutored shepherd into the more polished manufacturer.  The more sedentary men became, the greater their wants and dependence upon each other; and in those wants and that dependence originated civilization and polished societies."

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