1833 · Richmond
This issue discusses matters dear to Ruffin's heart, particularly agriculture and Negro Slavery in Virginia, its geography and resources. He provides detailed reporting and essays on the Virginia Assembly's debates on abolishing slavery; slaves' productivity; various agricultural recipes.
Committed to an agrarian and slave-holding society, Ruffin "wrote nearly half the articles offered but he also reprinted the best articles from foreign sources and presented the ideas and experiences of the most enterprising local planters. For ten years this journal rendered invaluable service to the whole South and then failed because of the editor's activities for banking reform..." [DAB].
FIRST EDITION. Lomazow 371. Haynes S5901. (Inventory #: 36242)