20th July 1832

Rio de Janeiro to Montevideo
There is a fine breeze but we can hardly keep our course. At noon we were 160 miles from Cape St Mary. We have experienced to day a most complete change of climate. From the joint cause of shoal water & probably a current from the South, the temperature of the sea at noon was 61°½, it being in the morning 68°½. The wind felt quite chilling; the thermometer standing at 59°. By the time we arrive in harbor, we shall have made a very bad passage & I am sure to me a very tedious one. The only thing I have been able to do is reading Voyages & Travels — these are now to me much more interesting than even novels.

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