Since our last report, the appearance of the plantations has
changed for the worse, and the estimate of the produce is now much lower. The duty on our plantation has gone down to 8,0001.; and it is said that few will back that amount. The duty of the kingdom has under- gone great fluctuations. On Friday it was as high as 175,000/. ; Monday, it bad gone down to 160,0001.; and in the borough yesterday, it was laid at 150,000/. Under these circumstances, good hops (the stock of which is low) have advanced 5s. per cwt. In our market on Saturday, some sales were made at 100s. to 1058.—Worcestes Journal.
Hops in the neighbourhood of Canterbury have improved within the last ten days, and some plantations will grow a fair average crop. The bur looks healthy, and fast turning into hop. The accounts from the. country planters vary.—Kent A few hop plantations near Maidstone have improved since our last; but this is by no means general—the greater proportion of the best grounds growing black, and there cannot be above half a crop. We continue to receive worse accounts from the Weald of Kent, which will suffer severely from the blight some districts in Sussex will grow • full crop. Upon all the information we can obtain, we consider the fluty to be overrated. The hops in many situations at Marden have made some improvement within the last week ; the bine has grown rapidly, and is now filling with hops. In some plantations, they are still affected with vermin, and looking black and unhealthy. We do not expect a considerable crop, except in particular spots.—Maidstone Gazette.