Diary of Frances Louisa Bussell 18 September - 20 October 1832

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any occupation I was roused from a kind of reverie in the afternoon by the steward's voice "Miss Bussell Miss Bussell look out now Ma'am or you will miss what you will never see again". I looked out of my scuttle which commanded a view of Palma and beheld the moon almost at the full rising from the highest point of the mountain giving it the semblance of a volcano. We sat up until very late in the evening chatting in cheerful little groups collected upon the deck. Bessey and I talked a great deal with Captain Rolles he loves to talk about his wife and his little boy and there is something very nice in seeing him thus throw off the rough sailor and dwell sweetly with softness & tenderness upon these his dearest ties. [Page 29]