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thirteen hundred acres, which he rented in Aberdeenshire, and which, by his skill and industry, he brought into a fine state of fertility. In the same year he wrote his ?? Observations on the Means of Exciting a Spirit of National Industry ? with regard to agriculture, commerce, manufactures, and fisher; es, and also several pamphlets on agricultural subjects, which gained him a high reputation ; and in 1780 the University of Aberdeen conferred upon him the degree of LL.D. CURRIE. quire into the state of the British fisheries in May, 1785, makes very honourable mention of Dr. Anderson?s services ; but we do not find that he was ever offered any remuneration, and he was too high-spirited and purely disinterested to ask for any. After his return he resumed his literary labours in various ways, and, among other schemes, brought out a literary periodical called The Bee, or Literary Week&IntelZigencer, which was current from Decem- Quitting the farm, he returned to the vicinity of Edinburgh, with a view to the education of his large family, and partly to enjoy the literary society which then existed there. About that time he circulated a tract on the establishment of the Scottish fisheries, with a view to alleviate much distress which he had witnessed on the coast of Aberdeenshire from the failure of the crops in 1782. This excited the attention of the Government, and he was requested by the Treasury to survey the western coasts of Scotland, and obtain information on this important subject-a task which he performed with enthusiasm in 1784 Thp report of the committee appointed to in- . ber, 1790, to January, 1794, and was very popular in Edinburgh. In 1797 he removed to London, where much attention was paid to him by the Marquis of Lansdowne, at whose request, in 1799, he started a periodical, entitled Recreations in Agricdture. The greatest portion of this work was written by himself, but he pursued it no further than the sixth volume, in March, 1802. From thenceforth, with the exception of his correspondence with General Washington and a pamphlet od ?Scarcity,? he was unable to write more; and, feeling the powers of life begin to decline, devoted his leisure to the cultivation of a miniature garden. A list of his publications, thirty in number, is
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