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

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aware but I felt the eldest the matron of the family and I spoke because I am certain of attention and I felt it my duty to coach myself. But why trouble you with all this Thank Heaven it is past and gone. The next day was Christmas Eve. It concluded with reconciliation between Bessy and Mrs. Leake Mr. Shenton had concocted a bowl of punch in my wash hand basin. Lucy Harris and I sate together talking & trying to be gay suddenly a fearful cry was heard on deck. What has happened, "Lenox" exclaimed I. "Hubert" cried Lucy as both mentioned the beings dearest to us. And it proved that we were both right It was a very very rough night & Lenox had offered to carry little Hubert Harris into the steerage for the nursery maid Alas! His foot had slipped & he had been pre [Page 13]