Diary of Frances Louisa Bussell 18 September - 20 October 1832

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They were all anxiety expecting the contest between Dom Miguel & Dom Pedro the politics of the Island being decidedly in favour of the latter They are in a state of famine and have not enjoyed the blessing of rain for 3 years. Porto Praya is a mean dirty scattered town or rather village Sale goes on in a great measure by barter Money is not scarce Mr Harris says but there is a lack of commodities to purchase. The [...] a Portuguese charges a dollar for every visit Two boats came off with fruit to the ship manned by blacks very neatly dressed and looking so intelligent with their black eyes & their white teeth A great many purchases were made of course and it is impossible to describe the avidity with which the fruit was seized & devoured. Phoebe prefers devouring the tamarinds and we [...] ourselves the nice cooling [Page 41]