Between 1863-4, and in particular the first few months of 1864, Matthew wrote extensively and almost exclusively on the “Vegetable Mould” – the organic soil needed for crops to grow. Much of his fervour arose from a ‘public spat’ with Baron Justus von Liebig, one of the pioneers of organic chemistry.
For more background and comment, see “Liebig and the Vegetable Mould”.
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