We are informed by our letters from the eastern counties and other quarters that the failure is by no means as great as was anticipated before the farmers began to dig them up. When the tops were all withered and blighted it was concluded that all below ground would likewise be a total loss. These fears have not been realized, and we are happy to hear it and to tell it. A third of the crop in some places and in others half, or even more, will be saved. This, to be sure, is bad enough; but it is so much better than was expected that we hail it as very satisfactory intelligence.
And there is also another comparative advantage this year over last, namely, that we seem to know the worst of it at once. The potatoes do not rot after being got up in the rapid and extraordinary manner in which they were effected last autumn. They were then so saturated with wet from the long and heavy rains that nothing could check the disease. This year the fine weather has given them a better chance, and the consequence is as we have described it.
The same accounts tell us that the wheat now that is got in and partially thrashed turns out to be most splendid in quality, but, we regret to add, deficient in quantity. On the low moist soils the yield has been very great; but this has been so balanced by the poor crops on the higher ground that an average will by no means be reached on the whole. –Liverpool Albion.