15th Dec 1831

The wind continues in the old point SW, which independently of detaining us appears invariably to bring bad [weather] with it.

The ship is full of grumblers and growlers, and I with sea-sickness staring me in the face am as bad as the worst.

The time however passes away very pleasantly, but instead of working, the whole day is lost between arranging all my nick-nackiries and reading at a little of Basil Halls (*) fragments.

(*) Basil Hall (1788-1844) published “Fragments of Voyages and Travels” in three series of 3 volumes each. The first series appeared in 1831, followed by a second series (1832) and a third series (1833).

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