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Thursday 25th - at 1 oClock we received the mail on board and immediately weighed anchor. Delightful weather and favourable breeze.

Friday 26th - fine weather and fair wind. Course N 66º E. Dist 150. Lat. 43º 32’ N  Long. 60º 33’ W Chron. 60º 53’W.

Saturday 27th - very fine weather. Wind fair but much slacker than yesterday. Course N 81º E. Dist 136. Lat. 43º 52’ N. Long. 57º 23’ W. Chron. 57º 41’ W.

Sunday 28th – in the forenoon fine W.r with nearly a calm. In the afternoon a dense fog came on & brought with it an unfavourable wind. Course N 73º E. Dist 84. Lat. 44º 16’ N. Long. 55º 31’ W. Chron. 55º 46’ W. 

Monday 29th – weather foggy and very cold. Wind foul. Course N 37º E. Dist 112. Lat. 45º 45’. Long. 54º 1’ W. Chron. 54º 23’ W.

Tuesday 30th – in the forenoon wind right ahead, with cloudy weather. At 2 oClock P.M. the wind changed in our favour, and the weather cleared up a little, but soon a thick fog came on. Course S 52º W. Dist 21. Lat. 45º 33’ N. Long 54º 24’ W. Chron. 54º 54’ W..

Wednesday 1st July - to day we are on the Bank of Newfoundland, where we saw several small craft a anchor fishing. We had expected to have caught lots of fish, and had accordingly provided all the necessary apparatus – but the breeze being strong & favourable, the Captain wished to take advantage of it, and would not listen to any proposal to lay to for an hour. Weather rather hazy and cold. Course S 81º E. Dist 123. Lat. 45º 31’ N. Long. 51º 40’ W. Chron. 52º 24’ W.

Thursday 2nd July - fine weather – breeze favourable. Evening cold. Course S 76º E. Dist 157. Lat. 45º 17’ N. Long. 48º 13’ W. Chron. 48º 58’ W.

Friday 3rd – dull cloudy weather – fair wind. Course N 84º E. Dist. 160. Lat. 45º 32’ N. Long. 44º 30’ W. Chron. 45º 23’ W.

Saturday 4th – weather dull and cloudy – wind unfavourable but came round again in the evening. Course S 83º E. Dist 85. Lat. 45º 22’ Long. 42º 30’ W. Chron. 43º 20’ W.

Sunday 5th July - in the forenoon weather dull and cloudy – but cleared up in the Evening. Breeze strong and favourable. Course N 61º E. Dist 113. Lat. 46º 17’ N. Long. 40º 24’ W. Chron. 41º 18’ W.

Monday 6th – forenoon weather cloudy with much rain – Afternoon fine and clear – Wind fresh and favourable. Course N 70º E. Dist 181. Lat. 47º 17’ N. Long. 36º 4’ W. Chron. 36º 55’ W. 

Tuesday 7th – weather changeable, generally fine – light variable breezes. Course N 79º E. Dist 146. Lat. 47º 48’ N. Long. 33º 13’ W. Chron. 33º 38’ W.

Wednesday 8th – weather cloudy with much rain – Blew a gale of wind, which however was favourable. Course N 84º E. Dist 114. Lat. 114. Long. 48º 00’ N. Chron. 60º 26’

Thursday 9th – weather variable with squalls and rain – very strong but favourable wind. Course N 86º E. Dist 170. Lat. 48º 25’ N. Long. 26º 32’ W. Chron. 26º 46’

Friday 10th – weather partly gloomy, partly clear and fine. Strong and favourable breeze. Course S 80º E. Dist 208. Lat. 47º 49’ N. Long. 21º 26’. Chron. 21º 36’ W.

Saturday 11 – weather changeable – fine favourable breeze. Course N 89º E. Dist 182. Lat. 47º 52’. Long. 16º 55’ W. Chron. 17º 12’ W.

Sunday 12th July - in the forenoon weather cloudy, cloudy with rain & fine during the rest of the day – Wind fresh and favourable. Course N 79º E. Dist 114. Lat. 48º 21’ N. Long. 14º 4’ W. Chron. 14º 21’ W.

Monday 13th – weather cloudy but pleasant – fair and favourable breeze. At 7 oClock P.M. spoke the S.t George, London, out 36 days from Grenada and bound for London. Course N 76º E. Dist 114. Lat. 49º 04’ N. Long. 9º 34’ W. Chron. 9º 55’ W.

Tuesday 14th - beautiful weather – breeze favourable but not so constantly fresh. It nearly failed us altogether – when about to enter the harbour. Came to an Anchor at 8 oClock P.M.

Addendum

I have purposely omitted saying anything respecting [our new commander Senhor Samuel Sullivan], but I shall do so now. He appeared to be a complete old man of wars man, combining the frankness of the character with the blunt and careless mode of expressing his ideas, which came to his mind, without regard to their nature. Besides this he showed himself to be very well acquainted with men & manners & tolerably well read in matters of general information. His conversation was full of anecdotes, and from a long intercourse with those free spoken and free hearted spirits, which are to be found in the cockpit of a man of war, many of his stories, were rather too racy to be communicated in a mixed Company. With all this, he was very agreeable, and endeavoured to make us as comfortable as we could desire.