1756 July 8 (Thursday). Mr. John Rogers worked for me a.m. mowing the West Pasture and the little Pasture etc. P.M. Billy and he raked and carted up a Jagg from the Island. I was in a poor, weak state, and especially my Stomach much depraved. At Night Thunder Storm, hard Thunder and sharp Lightning and there were heavy Showers of rain; through most of the Night it held a remarkable Season. At Eve I began to drink a Steep of Barbery Bark, and it made me very Sick and faint.