11th July 1832

Rio de Janeiro to Monte Video
The day has passed in listless discomfort. If I had been well several things would have interested me during these latter days. The vessel has been followed by many sorts of Petrels. A very elegant one, the Cape-pidgeon, we met as is generally the case on passing the Tropic. Several Whales have been seen. I just had a peep at one, but to my jaundiced eyes it even possessed little interest.

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