June 14. clear blue and all around wascalm, like "the calm of heaven."June 15. Friday. We were waked thismorning early, by the unusualsensation prevailing among all thepassengers at sight of land. Wedressed and ascended to the deckwhere we found many viewing theglorious prospect which opened beforeus. We were entering the bayAspinwall was in sight. Thesmoke was ascending upwardsfrom many habitations, all aroundwas as strange, yet so enchanting,the vegetation was nowapparent - large groves of cocoaand palm trees, looking so greenand luxuriant, as to remind oneJune 15. of the garden of Eden in Paradise.The city itself, nestling in the bosomof the mountains, had sucha happy look, the intensity ofwhich was probably increased byour having been so long at sea. Wetook our breakfast, and went onshore. Here everything was so strangeThe cocoa trees, with their clustersof rich fruit, ripening in thehot sun and looking so temptinglydelicious, contrasted strangelywith the dirty streets and filthy-lookinghouses of the city. Numbers of largebirds, called Turkey-buzzards,were lazily flying about, and alightingto feed upon the offal,which abounds in such quantities.
Original diary dimensions: 9.5 x 14 cm.
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