May 25. Tuesday [May 24]. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 66. Dark cloudy showers around the horizon, here and there. A few albatrosses following ship again. Water lead-colored from clouds. Wind changed from east to nearly north. Temperature noon 66 fine bracing weather, though but little sunshine. Temperature 7:00 P.M. 66. Invited by Captain Smith to lecture, doubtless from regret of passengers on Alaska on some topic connected with studies. Declined, but promised informal talk to the half dozen or so. Of course, the half dozen spread the news and there was quite an audience. Sorry can’t conquer shyness. May 26. Wednesday [May 25]. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 61 Bracing weather, wind from north east. Good breeze, making here and there a whitecap. Swell giving rise to mild pitching. Soon the land of Sequoia will be in sight and wanderings for a time ended. Temperature noon 61 ½. Temperature 7:00 P.M. 59 ½.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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