18th – Very fine day, and the first which has any appearance of Spring, being the most backward Season I recollect & nothing like vegetation as yet – Went to Town return’d to Dinner. Mrs. Peters, Beckey & Anne came in the evening and drank tea – Finish’d a trench for Planting Thorn Hedge in front of the House

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, March 18, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

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