OXFORDSHIRE. This county may be reckoned amongst the most productive agri cultural Counties of England; and some of the ]and is of a quality which can scarcely he surpassed anywhere. The red land is partly in old grass, in which state it is very valuable, and partly cultivated as arable land. The low lands in the valleys through which the rivets flow are in many places covered with the finest herbage, and maintain much cattle. The course of crops on the light Teams is based on the Norfolk rotation, but generally with the addition of an extra crop or two after the wheat, such as beans and oats. The cul tivation of sainfoin on the chalky loans is one of the great resources of•the farmers on such soils, and is much appreciated in this county. The Meadows in this county which lie along the banks of the rivers are productive of ex• Cellent herbage; and the hay of some of the upland meadows cannot be surpassed.
Oxfordshire is not a manufacturing county. In the city of Oxford itself, such manufactures alone are carried on as are indispensable to the daily wants of a somewhat wealthy and luxurious city. Burford has diminished in wealth and importance from the decay of the coarse woollen manufacture and the malting business, which once flourished there, and from the diminished traffic along the line of road which passes through the town. At Witney wool-stapling is extensively carried on, and there is a considerable malt trade. The mariiifaeture of blankets-4dr whieli the 'plate has been long celebrated—still etintirthel tc flourish. At Woodstoek the only ina.nufactitre is that of gleives, Which, thdtigh it has declined of late years, is still Carried Oh to a Consider able extent. •