Monday 5 September 1836

[, on board the wrote. | Read source notes.]

Monday September 5. To-day the wind became more
favorable, but for a few hours only, and our spirits have
just been excited at the idea of making some progress
to be depressed again at finding the ship tumbling about
to its old tune. The weather is amazingly cool, since the
beginning of the month the thermometer has scarcely exceeded
76, a circumstance it is believed almost unprecedented
so close under the line. It is an illustration of the old
proverb that “things are never so bad but they might be worse”.

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