5th Feb 1832

St Jago
This day or rather the 6th was originally fixed for sailing but the Captain is so much engaged with experiments on Magnetism, that the time is put off till tomorrow. I was engaged with my usual occupation of collecting marine animals in the middle of the day and examining them in the evening. Daily do I feel myself very hardly used, when on returning to the ship I find it growing dark soon after six oclock. The days are exactly the same as in a dry hot summer in England, but it is very surprising the sun choosing to set before its accustomed time about 8 oclock.

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