Meadows not cut. Nymphaea lutea in bloom in a watry ditch. Went to see the village of Compton, where my father lived more than sixty years ago, & where seven of his children were born. The people of the village remember nothing of our family. Mr. Fulham’s conservatory richly furnished; & the grounds behind his house engaging, & elegant. The romantic grounds, & paddock at the west end Godalming town are very bold & striking. The hanging woods very solemn, & grand; & many of the trees of great age & dimensions. This place was for many years inhabited by General Oglethrope. The house is now under a general repair being with it’s grounds the property of Mr Godbold a quack Doctor. The vale & hanging woods round Godalming are very beautiful: the Wey a sweet river, & becomes navigable at this town. One branch of the Wey rises at Selborne. At the entrance to the avenue leading to Bramshot-place are three great, hollow oaks, the largest of which measure 21 feet in girth. We measure this tree at about 5 feet from the ground, & could not come at it lower on account of a dr stone-wall in which it stands. We measure also the largest Sycamore in the front of the house, & found the girth to be 13. They are very tall, & are deemed to be 80 feet in height: but I should suppose they do not exceed 74 feet. I hear much of trees 80 or 90 feet high; but have never measured anay that exceed the supposed height of the Sycamores above.
Posted by sydney on Jun 24th, 1791