19th Almost cloudless. Sea without a single speck of foam. Wonderful circle of H.O dark blue. Sky pale around horizon. 20th Sea with white caps, mostly wide apart. Ship pitching eighteen or twenty feet. Dull yellow sunset. Sooty clouds, mostly small. 21 Christopher Island close at hand on the left (E.) Could see palms fringing the ridges of the mountain volcano and large yellow green sugar fields. A long row of islands stretching southward. All of them were volcanoes. Highest 6000 feet. Fine to see land after a week of round blue water days. Lovely blue levels, varying in tone. Very few birds, flocks of glittering flying fish, and glorious clouds. Expect to be at Barbados tomorrow P.M. This evening at 5:00 P.M. a grand cloud, white above, dark beneath, and pouring rain like hair into the sea in our wake. A calm, serene, glowing crimson sunset back of a rocky mountain, jagged range of sooty black fired on the edges. Great experience to rest on the “water bosom” of the sea, as Lamb says. Passed Martinique about midnight. 22 Magnificent clouds, pure silvery white, with very deep caves, caverns, and canyons full of shade. Glorious sight. Most northward. Arrived at Barbados at 3:30. Left 6:30.
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
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