4th August 1832

We altered. our anchorage, & stood much closer in, we found an excellent berth amongst the merchant-ships. After dinner went with Wickham to Rat island & collected some animals. In the evenings the greater length of twilight is very pleasant: it is quite a new phenomenon to watch the purple clouds of the Western sky gradually to fade into the leaden hue of night. This is a beauty of which the equinoctial regions can seldom boast. And to a European’s eyes it is a great loss.

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