Saturday, July 27, 2013

24 June 1859

24th. A pleasant morning and a fair steady breeze. We are said to be getting on something better than latterly and at bed time we run very nicely and at a good speed. Our journey appears to be shortening nicely which is animating in its influence to all who feel the inconvenience and scanty privileges of an overstocked emigrant ship and leads some to sigh after the liberties and pleasures they left behind, while others wish for a swifter wind to speed them safely to the shore of their future home. The heat at this stage of our journey is thought to be about the same as in England but I think the night air is not so cold.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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