Bussell Diary 02: Diary of Frances Louisa Bussell 17 December 1832 - 3 February 1833

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peace, how far preferable to meeting in war! The sentiment was universally felt and we drank to each other's fortune success and prosperity. The whaler was a fine ship but so dirty so redolent of oil and blubber. The Cygnet seemed quite a palace after it though much smaller. I must introduce you to the French surgeon such a little vivacious talkative creature. He was quite an enigma to the cooler temperaments of our Mother Country friends but Bessy & I could well understand the feelings which animated him almost to intoxication. He was really wild with spirits and when an invitation to dine on board was given. "Il faut me coiffer" "il faut m'arranger" and in a few minutes saw him busy with a broken looking glass and a razor. [Page 5]