February 15. Arrive at Christchurch at 6:15pm, having missed [Messrs] Kling and Liddle who were to Timaru (100 miles) to meet me by taking an early but slow train. Have been wonderfully fortunate even after leaving the Sargents at Shanghai in finding pleasant and kind traveling companions; the Bells in Egypt, Messrs Kling, Liddle, Shiels and the Husteds from Port Said to New Zealand. The officers of the Barbarossa, especially the surgeon. Officers and many passengers from Shanghai to Singapore. Dr Smith to India, officers etc. Bombay to Suez and Barry (Reverend, wife and daughter) etc. In afternoon go to gardens and enjoy repeated views of hearty young Sequoia etc. February 16. At gardens until 12:15pm with Mr Taylor revel[l]ing in native plants. Went to his cottage and had refreshments. Thence to Dr Jennings for examination as to vaccination. Reported had taken well, and gave me paper to certify the fact, assuring me that I was immune from smallpox for the rest of my life.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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