seemed to be discharging into the sea. At nine o’clock still dark and rainy but wind abating and the lightning stopped. Nov. 4. Clear, and cool enough for an overcoat. Passed two light-houses about six in the morning. Expect to reach Montevideo about noon. At eleven o’clock the sky began to grow dark, threatening rain. Anchored a mile or two out from the pier, as usual. Landed in drizzling rain in small boat, with eight others, men, women and children. Short delay in customs house, and thence up to the grand Hotel Barcelona. I gladly following for the sake of one of the party, Mr. Graite, a German from Cleveland, Ohio, who speaks English. Fairly comfortable. Nov. 5. Found my way to the American Consulate to see the consul, Mr. F. Goding, who is a cousin of Mrs. Sellers and was very kind. All day in his pleasant rooms. Went to luncheon and dinner with him. Returned to hotel about eleven o’clock, having spent the afternoon with him in the Botanical Garden. Saw many fine trees, especially Erythriana Christagalli, a most interesting tree, which at first glance I took for a weeping willow, and which is so-called here, although belonging to the Liguminae. Nov. 6. With Goding all day. Procured a ticket to Buenos Aires. Mr. Goding placed me aboard the steamer at 10:00 P.M. and introduced me to Mr. Bright, a fellow passenger, who is to take care of me, thus making all easy. Nov. 7. Arrived Buenos Aires at 7:00 A.M. Steered by Mr. Bright through the
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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