Weymouth July Ye.[thorn needed] 27. 1797
On the 14th.Inst. PM. We had a heavy Storm of Thunder Lightning Hail & Rain which did great Damage in many Places, more especially in Quincy, in the Centre of the Town: The Hail which fell in prodigious Quantities, was also large in Size, measuring some of it above an Inch through it broke, in your Dwelling House & out Houses, from 130 to 140 squares of Glass—destroyed in your Garden a considerable part of the Vegetables and injured the Rest greatly, your Barley Field was broken down, The Seed beat out as if Threshd, so that no other Use could be made of it than for Fodder, the Leaves of the Indian Corn torn & [sheverd] like a Broom, Birds were found dead the next Day. Your Neighbours have suffered in like Manner—about 60 squares of Glass were broke at Frenchs, Clarkes & Burrells, The Loss of the Glass at Burrells was the chief suffering French’s Barley is destroyed & his Indian Corn much damaged I am in hopes however that the Indian Corn will in some measure recover, its appearance at present is favourable—
Mr. Porter was of Opinion with me that it was best to cut the Barley for Fodder, it has been accordingly cut & housed—the Window Glass has been repaired, and about a Fortnight since Two Chambers over the Woodhouse were finished, expecting that you would have been at Quincy before this Time and found a use for them, but I fear that my Expectations of your being here this Summer will be frustrated—Billings’s Time is nearly expird pray inform me by the first opportunity whether you would have me hire him for another Year—I have not as yet engaged the Boards & Timber for the Barn as it is necessary to know the Dimensions and in some Measure the Form of it—Burrell informs me that you assured him an Allowance of 12 Dolls: for Wood, I do not recollect that you mentiond this to me—sundry other matters which I wish to mention, must be deferd—and have only Time to add, that my Family and our Friends at Quincy are well, With Love to the President / I am with Affection yr H St.