Friday, July 07, 2006

A fine fleece and a fat carcass

From Harriet Ritvo's altogether wonderful book The Animal Estate : The English and Other Creatures in Victorian England, a list of some of the toasts offered at the banquet of the Holkham sheepshearing in 1810 (the original source is R. A. Parker's Coke of Norfolk, of which Amazon implausibly sets the shipping weight at 97 pounds--how agricultural!):

Constitution and King
The best use of the Plough
Prosperity to Agriculture
Breeding in all its Branches
A fine fleece and a fat carcass

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