The recent spate of hot weather has made me more curious about Boston's historic weather patterns. I've scanned the weather pages from the 1838 Boston Almanac which show that Boston in July 1837 was much cooler than Boston in 2006. In 1837, Boston (and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere) was just beginning to emerge out of a period known as the "Little Ice Age," although the effect of the LIA on summer time temperatures is less clear than the effect of the LIA on wintertime temperatures, especially in Europe.
From the 1846 Boston Almanac
25 July 1845
Harlous Whiting, a confidential clerk in the bonnet warehouse of H.C. Fisher & Co., was discovered to be a defaulter,--and acknowledged that he had taken $4000 of their money, which he had gambled away, though he resolutely refused to tell where or with whom. He was a young married man, of respectable connections, a native of Wrentham.