18th Feb 1832

St. Jago to Fernando Noronha
At last I certainly am in the Southern hemisphere, and whilst enjoying the cool air of the evening, I can gaze at the Southern Cross, Magellans cloud and the great crown of the South. In August quietly wandering about Wales, in February in a different hemisphere; nothing ever in this life ought to surprise me. I find I had formed a very exaggerated idea of the heat in these zones during their cooler months. I have often grumbled at a hot summers day in England in much more earnest than I do at present.

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