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

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The ladies sounded a retreat first and the business of the dinner toilet occupied more time than it often does in the Cygnet. Our guests arrived in due time the little surgeon resplendent in a crimson waistcoat and a pink shirt. He paid us a visit in my cabin and was delighted with our bibliotheque. He sate next to Bessy at dinner and as none of the Harrises speak French the conversation devolved chiefly upon us. It was really take it all in all a very pleasant little fillip and it was not without regret that we saw the boats depart with our new companions. Sunday A commencement of Cape weather tossing and turning in all directions shoals of fish round our ship. Albatrosses and other birds. Our pigeons have laid. [Page 6]