|Here begins ye year 1741 March 25th. The Wind E. blowing fresh and excessive cold, haveing freezed hard last night, and — continues freezing all this day,|
|26th. The Wind variable all this day, from E . quite round to – N.W. it freezed hard last night, as it [dous sw] I believe all day and a very great hoar frost this morning .|
|27th. The Wind N.E. blowing high & cold, haveing freezed hard last night, & some hoar frost this morning, A great Market to day at LLanfechell in flesh, fish, Corn &c. but the Butcher's meat of all sorts was exceeding poor; Cattle being almost starved betwixt the want of Meat & the great scorching cold weather most people in this County haveing been forced to turn out their ^Cattle^ already; a great many above a month ago; which hath already caused such a mortality among all sorts of Cattle that it is thought one third part of the Cattle & horse[s sw] within this County are already dead; no fodder being to be had for any money at this time; A month ago when there was some, Straw was sold from 4 to 5s a load, being three Ordinary Trusses. & hay for 4s. 6d. to 5s. a hundred weight and adding to all this Calamity the long continuance of a high, scorching Easterly wind that has quite withered and parched up the ground, so that the poor Cattle cannot find meat neither in the fields, nor houses, and the Corn sowed in the fields, & pulse & other seeds sowed in the Gardens since the – middle of February doth but Just begin to appear —|
|28th. The Wind N.N.E. blowing high, stormy & exceeding cold – my people all this week at the same work of Sowing Barley. about 4 in the Evening it made a great snow,which by the time we came from Church had quite covered the ground,but it was all gone before night. This Morning 89 persons comunicated [there is a line over the 'm' sw].|
29th. Easter day [this is written in the margin below '29th.' sw]
The Wind N.E. blowing fresh, scorching and very cold, i99 persons comunicated [there is a line over the 'm' sw] in Llanfechell Church this morning; a very great congregation at Evening Prayer, & ye Parson preach'd on Philipp: Chap 3d. & ye first part of ye 10th. vers. a very incoherent unintelligible bombast.