PUSEY, Philip (1799–1855), agriculturist. Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent, 2 sides, 8vo, October 1st 49, thanking him for his letter, “I don’t know whether Mr. Leonards paper will necessarily be published by the Microscopic Society: if not I should be glad if you could procure me a sight of it” on which subject he observes “The grass which has always struck me as the most rapid grower is the Italian Ryegrass. In my water-meadows it is up again five or six inches high in a few days after the sheep are removed……Last spring finding some young barley laid I mowed it and in twenty four hours it had grown an inch, the weather was hot. Probably however Mr. Leonard knows much better than I the conditions of rapid growth for his observations.”
Pusey developed a high reputation as a progressive and practical farmer. In 1835-52 he was MP in Berkshire and in the 1840s was an adviser on agricultural matters to Peel and Gladstone.