Letter from Charles Mercier to William Robinson

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Written from Moorcroft, Parkstone, Dorset. Manuscript

He has thought of the cost of electrifying a wide area, though not a valley; overhead wires would be more expensive than underground wires; he was thinking more of electrifying seeds, which is inexpensive and seems effectual; farmers who have tried it on a small scale are applying it to all their cereals; he is having some of his pea and broad bean seeds electrified as a trial; he suggests Robinson tests this at Gravetye as it would be inexpensive and interesting; he asks Robinson not to abandon his belief in Mercier’s good sense