Rev, Joseph Thaxter, in some notes, speaks of a great gale and rain storm Aug. 12, 1778, which caused terrible destruction of trees and injured the corn more than had ever been known, producing the greatest scarcity of bread ever known in New England.
Also, he speaks of very heavy rain August 23d, 1806, followed by a violent east wind the next day, which beat the corn down to the ground and stripped off the apples from the trees, doing much damage.
Of 1816 he says, — ”This year has been remarkably cold; hard frost in May; no corn fit to roast till 15th of September; a very severe frost 26th September, cut off almost all the corn through New England; many suffered for bread through the winter; rye $1.50; corn $1.50. Corn was brought from St. Domingo and from New Orleans. There was a very great scarcity in England, Ireland, France, and all the south of Europe.”
In 1820. — ”In the night of the 10th of February, there was more snow fell than has ever been known in the memory of man. It was followed by remarkable mild and soggy weather, and by the 27th was gone, without rain, except a sprinkling a few times.”
December 31, 1819. “About 4 o’clock in the morning there was a most violent gale of wind; it broke several squares of glass in the meeting house, and shattered the roof so much that we are obliged to have our meetings in the Court House.”
April 17, 1821.—”A snow storm from the N. E., and at eight a heavy gale of wind with snow, and hail. The 18th extremely cold; ice hard enough to bear a man.”