Diary of Frances Louisa Bussell 18 September - 20 October 1832

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knots an hour during the whole night But suddenly came on a calm which continued the whole day Our only resource was to gaze upon the island and with our imagination to fill up the base outline which it presented There was smoke undeniably smoke issuing from 3 distinct places and how we watched it until the graceful vapour was lost in the atmosphere I should like to have completed the picture by fancying a happy family party proceeding to the avocation of the day but dear Charley's description of the indolent inhabitants of St Jago seemed more consonant to the scene and I was compelled to exchange my English group for the Portuguese. The calm continued and brought with it so much lassitude that we were scarcely able to settle to [Page 28]