31st August 1832

First Cruise
By the middle of the day we got within surveying distance of the coast. We let go the anchor: but the sky clearing we soon had a regular dry SW wind. The anchor would not hold in the sand and we were forced again to stand out. To night it has lulled, & we have anchored. Tomorrow I trust we shall be enabled to continue the survey, which has been interrupted for a week. At last I find myself decidedly much less afraid of sea-sickness, although during two of the days I was on my "beam ends".
From 1st September, I intend to add additional notes from the Journals of both Captain Robert Fitzroy and (the eventual Darwin Assistant) Syms Covington. These will be clearly marked and in red. (Comments welcomed of course)

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