22nd May 1834

S. Cruz to Port Famine
Before daylight the Adventure was seen on her passage from the Falklands. Shortly after we left Berkeley Sound, a man of war came in; she has taken away all the prisoners, & now the island is quite quiet. We received our letters; mine were dated October & November. We shall now in a few days make the best of our way to Port Famine; the days are of course very short for surveying; the weather however, ‘gracias a dios’, is pretty fine for these Southern latitudes. It is a very curious fact; that it now being only one month from the shortest day & in such a latitude, that the temperature is scarcely perceptibly colder, than during the summer; we all wear the same clothes as during last years visit.

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