13th March 1836

King George's Sound
Our departure was delayed by strong winds & cloudy weather until this day. Since leaving England I do not think we have visited any one place so very dull & uninteresting as K. George's Sound. Farewell Australia, you are a rising infant & doubtless some day will reign a great princess in the South; but you are too great & ambitious for affection, yet not great enough for respect; I leave your shores without sorrow or regret.

Captain Fitzroy’s Journal
We sailed, and advanced towards Cape Leuwin, but it was the 18th before our little ship was sufficiently far westward of that promontory to steer for my next object, the Keeling Islands.

As the Beagle sails across the Indian Ocean neither Darwin nor Fitzroy mad any entries in their Diary/Journal for two weeks. So we will leave them for a while. Do take this opportunity of re-reading some of Darwin's amazing adventures over the past 4 years... it's all here!

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