Men sow wheat in good order at Temple & Wick-hill. The hop-planters of this parish returned from Wey-hill fair with chearful faces, & full purses; having sold a large crop of hops for a good rice. The hops of Kent were blown away by the storms, after the crop of this country was gathered in.
The crop of acorns is so prodigious that the trees look quite white with them; & the poor make, as it were a second harvest of them, by gathering them at one shilling pr. bushel. At the same time not one beech-mast is to be seen. This plenty of acorns has raised store-pigs to an extravagant price.
London. When I came to town I found that herrings were out of season, but sprats, which Ray says are undoubtedly young herrings, abounded in such quantities, that in these hard times they were a great help to the poor. Cods & haddocks in plenty: smelts beginning to come in. The public papers here abounded with accounts of most severe & early frosts, not only in the more Northern parts of Europe, but on the Rhine, & in Holland. The news of severe weather usually reaches us some days before the cold arrives; which most times follows soon when we hear of rigorous cold on the Continent.