Diary of Frances Louisa Bussell 18 September - 20 October 1832

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we seized the opportunity of sending a few more last words to the "dear ones awa" Bessy wrote to tete a tete and scribbled a few lines to Fanny Bowker in this they have reached their destination for the benefit of future voyagers I with assertion that we paid a shilling for each letter. I was alone on the deck for a long time in the evening and when the Signal lights appeared it was not without a feeling of sickness & sorrow that I was bid to take my last look at the English coast Some of our passengers even laughed as they said so It seemed to me quite profane dear John's sweet lines occurred to me Then England farewell! I'll forget thee, no never Til[sic]l this short term of living, till[sic] gratitude and may Fortune's first favours attend thee for ever Thou nurse of my childhood thou home of my Friends! [Page 5]