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Why don’t he do it?

National Anti-Slavery Standard was established in 1840 by the husband and wife team of Lydia and David Child, who both were affirmed abolitionists as well as recognized successful writers (Lydia Child was the author of the poem “over the river and through the woods“).

This item appeared in the National Anti-Slavery Standard on April 15th, 1841.

Why don’t he do it?

When the Farmer knows that a gate is better, and as a time and labor saving fixture cheaper, than a set of bars and posts, and without calling on a carpenter he can himself make one, Why don’t he do it?

When he has no other fastenings to his gate, and barn doors than a rock rolled against them, and in a single evening after supper is able to make a better, Why don’t he do it?

And when he knows it’s better and more profitable to have good fences than poor, Why don’t he do it?

Or if he thinks it will not quit cost to make good fences, and only thinks so, and this mere guess work, and by calling on Mr. Townsend of East Haven can ascertain the facts in relation to it, Why don’t he do it?

Or if he wishes to see some of the most approved fixtures appertaining to farm buildings and the keeping and feeding of stock, ect. ect., and can do so by calling on the above gentleman, Why don’t he do it?

Or when he sees the boards dropping from his barns and out buildings, and like heaps of rubbish lying in piles about his premises, and need only nailing on again, Why don’t he do it?

Or if he is afraid of the expense of nails and is always crying upon the maxim of Doctor Franklin, to “save the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves,” and he knows that the same Doctor Franklin also said that “many men are penny wise and pound foolish,” and he is not careful to think of the precept contained in the latter, Why don’t he do it?

If it is a saving of nearly half the manure of a farmer’s stock, by keeping them shut up in yards, instead of running at large through most of the winter, Why don’t he do it?

If he knows that many of his fields would be greatly improved by ditching, and by the removal of large stumps and stones, Why don’t he do it?

And when he knows that his pastures would yield nearly double the feed, and of a better quality, if the bushes were all cut and subdued, Why don’t he do it?

And if he can add fifty per cent, to the product of his clover fields, and even his pastures, by the use of Gypsum, Why don’t he do it?

If a farmer of fifty acres has (as he should have) use for a corn sheller and one of the many improved fanning mills, and he has not already obtained both, Why don’t he do it?

And if it is cheaper, actually cheaper, to burn dry wood than green, and to use a stove instead of an open fire-place, Why don’t he do it?

And finally, if every farmer is not a subscriber to an agricultural paper, Why don’t he do it?

—Farmer’s Gazette

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