I purpose in the following remarks to demonstrate the great loss which gentlemen suffer in the management of their plantations, by keeping too many trees on the ground, a treatment by which they can never arrive at maturity. I next wish to make intelligible the great and valuable increase of wood annually, where trees have room allowed to grow; also the injurious effects of injudicious pruning off large branches. I do not mean to object to what may be done with the knife in a state of infancy, when trees are under six feet high: my observations are aimed at pruning off large branches with the axe and saw. I purpose, by drawings taken from nature, to put it in the power of any gentleman to know and calculate what per cent he is obtaining by the annual increase of his timber. These are the great national advantages I wish to exhibit to view, than which I know not any of greater importance.
I will not allow myself to give the names of the owners of woods and plantations from which my specimens have been taken, for fear of misconstruction of my motives, or I could mention some who are losing 'many, many thousands, by their neglecting to cut away trees in time,—there are many instances in this county, particularly in the East-riding.
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