June 9 1816: Barren Fig Tree


“Farther south, visitors to Salem, Massachusetts, found ice in the well at the toll house on the turnpike on the morning of June 9 [1816], and frost again in the evening. Fearing the worst for his congregation in South Windsor, Connecticut—and for his own crops—the Reverend Thomas Robbins decided to preach a sermon that morning on the parable of the Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13: 6–9): “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.” Two days later, Robbins concluded that the corn in his fields had been “killed to the ground.”

— The Year Without Summer: 1816 by Willaim Klingaman and Nicholas Klingaman.

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