22nd September 1832

Bahia Blanca
Had a very pleasant cruise about the Bay with the Captain & Sullivan. We staid sometime on Punta Alta about 10 miles from the ship; here I found some rocks. These are the first I have seen, & are very interesting from containing numerous shells & the bones of large animals. The day was perfectly calm; the smooth water & the sky were indistinctly separated by the ribbon of mud-banks: the whole formed a most unpicturesque picture. It is a pity such bright clear weather should be wasted on a country, where half its charms do not appear. We got on board just in time to escape a heavy squall & rain.

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