29th April 1833

I took up my residence on shore, & procured lodgings at a well-know old lady, by name Donna Francisca. The day was spent in vain efforts to make any sort of comfortable arrangements. The rooms are very high & large; they have but very small windows & are almost destitute of furniture. They are all on the ground floor & open into each other. The very existence of what an Englishman calls comfort never passed through the builders mind.

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