Much damage has been done at sea & land by the late strong winds; in particular about London. The vines were very forward in June: but now the grapes are quite backward, having made no progress in ripening for some weeks, on account of the blowing, black, wet weather. The bunches are of a good size, & the grapes large, & much want hot sunshine to bring them to perfection. My potted balsoms, which stand within, are still in beauty, tho’ they have been blowing now more than three months. One in particular is more showy now than ever, & has such double flower that they produce no seed. The blossoms are as large as a crown piece.
Posted by sydney on Sep 17th, 1786