June 12. examining the trees, etc. as wemuch wished to do.June 13. Wednesday, Today we passed theisland of Hayti and anothersmall very green one, on the eastof it, which appeared to be uninhabited.It was entirely coveredwith low shrubbery, and seemedto be destitute of trees. The shoreswere very steep and abrupt insome places perpendicular. Wewere so far from Hayti, that wecould not judge of the vegetation.June 14. Very rainy. Wrote letters home,expecting to land at Aspinwallsome time during the day or night.The rain fell in torrents, accompaniedby thunder and lightningJune 14. so that they were obliged to keep thehatchways closed, which madeit very dark and suffocating. Manybesides myself, were endeavoringto write to their friends, supposingit to be the last opportunity beforelanding; but in the afternoonthe weather was clear and beautifuland this circumstance, combinedwith the pleasant thoughtof seeing land so soon, gave everycountenance a cheerful aspect inspiringkind feelings between all.The sun set gloriously, and allaround was so magnificentlybeautiful, that I could hardlyrealize I was upon earth. Then thestars stole out one by one in the
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