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Written by Alison Y
(3/18/2013 1:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Horses, penned by bridget D
Hello bridget D - I was also surprised to hear that oxen were not used on British farm in your message. In many of the publications I read (not in full detail but portions relevant for my researches for stories in general) there are many references on farm oxen in England, for example, "The gentleman farmer. Being an attempt to improve agriculture, by subjecting it to the test of rational principles' by Lord Henry Homes Kames, I believed it was published in the late 1700's, in fact IIRC Lord Kames preferred oxen over farm horses in the husbandry. Then there’s “The book of the farm” by Henry Stephens published many years later but before the mid 1800’s… anyway, I’m just very curious in how you come to the knowledge of oxen not being used in British farms, would love to find out more of it.
I'm not looking for great details, but if needs to be we could take this to the Jane Austen's Life and Time board. Thanks so much!
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