6th Mar 1832

Bahia, Brazil
I pricked my knee some days since, & it is now so much swolen that I am unable to walk. The greater part of the day has been spent in idly lying on deck. I am not surprised that people are so indolent in a hot country; neither mind or body require any exercise; watching the sky is sufficient occupation for the former & the latter seems well contented with lying still.

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