Last Night and this Day We have enjoyed a fine easy Breeze. The Ship has had no Motion
but directly forward. I slept as quietly and as soundly as in my own Bed at home.
Dr. Noel gave me a Phial of Balsamum fioraventi, for an Inflammation in my Eyes, which
seems to be very good for them. It is very much compounded. It is very subtle and
penetrating. Pour a few Drops into the Palms of your Hands, rub it over the Palm and
the Fingers, and then hold the Insides of your Hands before your Eyes, and the Steam
which evaporates enters the Eyes, and works them clear. This Balsam derives its Name
from its Author.
The Ship is now in very good order, cleaned out, between Decks, on the Main Deck,
in the Cabin and Quarter Deck. The Masts, Yards, Sails and Rigging are well repaired.
The Captn. has just now sent written Orders to the Steward of the Ship, to make weekly
Returns to him of the State of Provisions and to be very frugal of Provisions and
Candles, which appeared to be very necessary as near one half of the Ships Stores
of Candles are expended.
This is Saturday Night: a Fortnight Yesterday, since I took Leave of my Family.—What
Scaenes have I beheld since?—What Anxiety have my Friends on Shore suffered on my
Account? during the N.E. Storm which they must have had at Land!
What is this Gulph Stream? What is the Course of it? From what Point and to what Point
does it flow? How broad is it? How far distant is it from the Continent of America?
What is the Longitude and Latitude of it.