March 2. Wind changing from east to nearly southwest with rain in the afternoon. Cross sea making rough sailing. Many of passengers sick. Only the brave albatross seems at home and at ease, sailing the white-maned waves on weariless and almost motionless wings. Night gloomy - scud of rain and wind torn wave-tops sweeping over the ship.
March 3. High wind and scud- thrashed decks, most of passengers suffering from seasickness, ship both pitching and rocking. The sea between New Zealand and Australia is famed for its roughness. Have been reading Darwin all day, and all roughness has been charmed away. Storm beginning to abate, few white caps at 9:00 P.M., though swell still heavy. The albatross is ably at ease in admirable God-like strength.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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