The following account is of a farm in Talbot County (State of Maryland) of middling goodness; with the medium produce of it’s last four years Crops. It contains about 450 acres, of which 180 are woodland, 270 arable, & of this 110 are pasture. The value of the whole, as it might be expected to sell on time, according to present opinion is £2,500.
It’s Produce, in common, the medium of 4 years, follows.
|Tobacco||5000 ld.||50. 0.0|
|Wood for fuel, cord||160||20 0.0|
|Hay, tons||5||25. 0.0|
|Pulse (Peas &c)|
|Cotton, Cheese, fruit|
|Hogs,||anny. killd. or sold||30;||60. – –|
|Poultry pr year—dunghill 400—Turkies 100. Ducks 90.|
The quantities & values are generally in round numbers, which has a suspicious appearance. But the worthy farmer after considering well each article, stated them partly from memory, partly from notes or scraps of paper, & thought it best to omit fractional quantities & sums as he had not perfect minutes. It is the accot. of an honest, candid man, who wou’d not have given it, if he had not believed it to be generally just.
2. LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.