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Agricultural Department.


The late Samuel Miller, of Lynchburg, having, by deed,
given in trust one hundred thousand dollars for the establishment
of a Department of Scientific and Practical Agriculture
at the University of Virginia, the Trustees met the
Rector and Visitors of the University on the 17th of September,
1869, and arrangements were made for putting the
said department in operation.

The Trustees nominated, and the Visitors elected, J. W.
Mallet, Ph. D., M. D., Professor of Analytical and Agricultural
Chemistry, and L. J. Bœck, Ph. D., Professor of
Mechanics and Engineering as applied to Agriculture.

The organization and entire control of the Agricultural
Department belonging to the Board of Visitors, with the
exception of the right and duty of the Trustees to nominate
the Professors to be employed in the same, the said Board
has proceeded to set apart certain lands belonging to the
University as an Experimental Farm, to be conducted in
conformity with the directions of the Professors of Agriculture.
On these grounds experiments are now in progress.


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The foundation of two scholarships, in connection with
the Agricultural Department, has also been authorized,
with the view of securing the more thorough training of
students, of aptitude and zeal for experimental investigations,
in those branches of knowledge and inquiry upon
which the progress of scientific agriculture in this State
must chiefly depend. Selections for these scholarships will
be made from graduates in the studies of the Department,
upon competitive examination—one to be appointed at the
close of each session for the term of two years next succeeding.

An additional professorship in the University has been
created, to provide instruction in Scientific and Practical
Agriculture and the branches of Natural History relating
to Agriculture, and this Chair will be filled at the annual
meeting of the Board of Visitors in July of the present

Students in the Agricultural Department may, of course,
avail themselves of the benefits of instruction in any of the
schools of the University, on the same terms as other