...I suppose the blackberries will be looking up by the time this
reaches you, and I would rather have a walk along Barrowden pasture
again than at all the Madeiras, S. Michael's or Teneriffes we have
been to, or shall visit.
I read in the papers all about the Shah's visit,
& should have liked to have been in the "Audacious"
at the time. If ever the Shah visits England again, I should think
they won't make such a fuss about him, or waste so much money, for
I have never read or heard that he has done us any good, and don't
expect he ever will. Still I suppose like the Siamese Twins and
the two headed Nightingale, he was a novelty for about 10 minutes.
We only stayed 24 hours in Madeira for the smallpox
was very bad there, so of course no leave was given, so am glad
I went on shore when there in January. We took in a whole lot of
splendid wine for the ship's company, also Fresh Meat, Vegetables,
Bread, Fruit &c. Peaches, Bananas and Figs were very plentiful
there. The Captain gave a party just before we sailed, and took
them in the ship over to the Desert Islands, 25 miles off, but the
ladies were very sea-sick and glad to return. Our brass band was
playing all the afternoon, and the Ladies and Officers were dancing
on the upper deck. At 7PM the same evening the Captain issued Wine
to all hands, after which we set sail for S. Vincent, Cape Verdes,
distant 1040 miles.