Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 378
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of, and when we consider the knocking about they had on their long journey, when they were far advanced in lamb it is the more remarkable, at all events it shews that there is no defect in their constitution.
I have recently classed all the Merinos, and I never before saw so clearly the great effect which condition has upon the quality of the fleece. For many years past I have gone over the Maiden Ewes, and divided them into three classes, selecting about one fourth for the "first class" and about two thirds for the "second class"; and the remainder the most inferior for fattening and not to be bred from - but when