PRIVATE LIFE, EDUCATION, RELIGTON, AND MORALS
IF a person acquainted with the appearance of the country to-day could be carried back to the England of Three centuries ago, lie would find himself well-nigh a stranger in a strange land. Almost nothing before him would appear familiar. We see now highly cultivated fields, trim. hedges, fat cattle, smooth hard roads, neat cottages, and lordly mansions; not to mention the vast manufactories which have revolutionized the North. When Elizabeth ascended the throne, only about one fourth of the arable land was under cultivation, and that of the rudest character; the remainder was still covered with fen and forest, or was devoted to the pasturing of sheep. Through the forest the red deer wandered in thousands, while the wolf, the wild cat, the Nvild bull, and the wild boar were not uncommon.* None of the hedges which now form so charming a feature of the landscape then lined the roads. The cattle in the fields and the horses on the highway were small and of tittle value.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Puritan in Holland, England, and America:An Introduction to American History. Volume: 1. Contributors: Douglas Campbell - Author. Publisher: Harper & Brothers. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1892. Page number: 320.
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