Arthur Young was a tireless propagandist for agricultural improvement and spent most of his life travelling in England, Wales, Ireland and France, observing agricultural methods and arguing for scientific improvement.
The son of a rector, Young was initially employed as a trainee merchant in King's Lynn, then a busy port servicing Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, but he was of a restless temperament and more interested in writing than in commerce. In 1761, at the age of 17, he published a pamphlet On the War in North America. The same year he went to London to start a periodical, The Universal Museum, and whilst there wrote four novels. During the early 1760s he was also involved in several farming ventures, and from 1…
Clark, Robert. "Arthur Young". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 July 2004
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