
Westmorland Gazette, 13 September 1823:
MESRS. GREENWOOD AND HODGSON,  Surveyors,
GENTLEMEN,  A neighbour of mine has a circular field,
containing four acres, and I have agreed with him for an
acre of the fog. I intended tethering in the middle, but he
insists upon my tethering in the hedge. I am quite at a loss
to find the length of tether I must use; and my neighbour,
being of a keen litigious disposition, insists not only upon
payment, but threatens a prosecution if I eat a yard too
much of the grass. Your farfamed celebrity as accurate
Surveyors induces me to apply to you for information  what
length of teher will be sufficient? It is only a plain
question, and will not , I imagine, occupy much of your
valuable time; and, if possible, please to let the solution
be divested of algebraic and fluxional process, as he is no
great scholar, and will not be satisfied with an answer in
terms he cannot comprehend.  Your answer through the medium
of the Kendal Chronicle, will much oblige
Your very humble servant,
J. N. C.
September 10, 1823.


algebra;
calculus

In other issues of the Kendal Chronicle is it not unusual
to find an algebraic problem discussed, with several column
inches of formulae; not something we would expect in a
newspaper today. Algebra is something we can member from
school. Fluxions will not be so familiar; they are a
reference to what is now called calculus, developed by Sir
Isaac Newton but only published nine years after his
death:
Newton, Isaac, Sir & Colson, John
(translator and editor): 1736: Method of Fluxions and
Infinite Series ...: (London)
