The crop of stoneless berberries is prodigious! Among the many sorts of people that are injured by this very wet summer, the peat-cutters are great sufferers: for they have not disposed of half the peat & turf which they ave prepared; & the poor have lost their season for laying in their forest fuel. The brick-burner can get no dry heath to burn his lime, & bricks: nor can I house my cleft wood, which lies drenched in wet. The brick-burner could never get his last makings of tiles & bricks dry enough for burning the autumn thro’ so they must be destroyed, & worked up again. He had paid duty for them; but is, I understand, to be reimbursed.
Hirundines enjoy the warm season. Late this evening a storm of thunder arose in the S., which, as usual, divided into two parts, one going to the S.W. & W. & the greater portion to the S.E. and E., & so round to the N.E. From this latter division proceeded strong, & vivid lightening till late in the night. At Headleigh there was a very heavy shower, & some hail at E. Tisted. The lightening, & hail did much damage about the kingdom. Farmer Spencer’s char-coal making in his orchard almost suffocated us: the poisonous smoke penetrated into our parlor, & bed-chambers, & was very offensive in the night.