6th & 7th Feb 1832

St Jago
Went in a boat dredging for Corals; but did not succeed in obtaining any. Tomorrow we certainly sail. And I am glad of it, for I am becoming rather impatient to see tropical Vegetation in greater luxuriance than it can be seen here. Upon the whole the time has been for me of a proper length and has flown away very pleasantly. It is now three weeks, and what may appear very absurd it seems to me of less duration than one of its parts. During the first week every object was new and full of uncommon interest and as Humboldt remarks the vividness of an impression gives it the effect of duration, in consequence of this, those few days appeared to me a much longer interval than the whole three weeks does now.

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