and he wrote much for newspapers and periodicals, discussing questions of education, agriculture, politics and literature, the two first by preferance, for he was prominent in all movements for the advancement of education and agriculture.
His style was remarkably pure and forcible.
He was a strong advocate of free trade and wrote much in favor of it, having at one time had a controversy on the tariff with Mr. Matthew Carey
, of Philadelphia
This correspondence was conducted in The Spirit of Seventy-Six
, a paper published in Georgetown
about 1811. Mr. Garnett
wrote under the signature of ‘Cornplanter,’ with which title many of Mr. Randolph
's letters to Mr. Garnett
wrote also for this paper under the signature of ‘Matt Bramble,’ and it may be mentioned that in a letter to Mr. Garnett
, written in 1811, Judge Henry St. George Tucker
, Mr. Randolph
's half-brother, expresses the opinion that ‘Cornplanter’ and ‘Matt Bramble’ are one and the same person, crediting to Mr. Garnett
, Mr. Randolph
In 1820 Mr. Carey
published three letters on the present calamitous state of affairs, addressed to J. M. Garnett
of the ‘Fredericksburg
Agricultural Society,’ strongly advocating protection for American manufactures.
Of the society just named Mr. Garnett
for twenty years and delivered to it annual addresses.
He was a founder of the Virginia
State Agricultural Society, and it is stated in Lippincott
's and in Appleton
's Biographical Dictionaries that he was one of the principal founders and the first President
of the United States
Agricultural Society, but the correctness of this statement I cannot verify.
Besides the paper above mentioned Mr. Garnett
wrote also for the Argis
, the Richmond Enquirer, The National Intelligencer
, and other Newspapers, and for the Southern Literary Messenger
, often under the signature ‘Oliver
Old School,’ Ruffin's Farmer's Register
, and later in life for Judge Bird
's Albany Cultivator
. He delivered many lectures on agriculture and education in other States as well as in Virginia
was a member of our Anti-tariff Convention that assembled in Baltimore
in 1821, and was appointed to write an address which was published in Skinner
's American Farmer
. He was also a member of another Anti-tariff Convention held in Philadelphia
This Convention addressed a memorial to Congress that was written by Thomas R. Dew
of William and Mary College.
There were fifteen States represented in it, among them Massachusetts