manurance

manurance

(məˈnjʊərəns)
n
(Agriculture) the cultivation or occupation of land
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This further experience also I gained: I said to myself, I will not plant beans and corn with so much industry another summer, but such seeds, if the seed is not lost, as sincerity, truth, simplicity, faith, innocence, and the like, and see if they will not grow in this soil, even with less toil and manurance, and sustain me, for surely it has not been exhausted for these crops.
The point he makes is that for the seeds of the virtues to grow "in this soil"--in the depleted soil of New England culture--would have taken more "toil and manurance" than he gave them (1971, 164).