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Jared Comstock Brown

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Panama New grenada [Grenada] Sep 21, 1850

Dear father sir

it is with pleasure that I find a few minutes Leasure [leisure] time to write to you when I Last wrote to you I was at Rio De Janeiro we Left there on the 9th of July and when we arived [arrived] off the river Laplate [La Plata River] we had a gale it was awfull [awful] to Behold but our ship rode it out and we kept on some days Longer till we got to the mouth of the straits when it began to blow it blowed [blew] us out to sea we kept up steam But we ware [were] Blown 40 miles to Leward [Leeward ] it was night and we did not know where we should fetch up when the day dawned we were among the Breakers within a ships Length of the Rocks But by skillful management we away again and got into the straits the straits are 500 Miles through we ware [were] 5 days a getting through we got out of coal and had to go ashore and cut wood having sailed one day a gale Brough [brought] us up again. we could not get steam with our wood and we run to leward of an island and cast anchor the wind blew so that we draged [dragged] our anchor some ways and got our cables redy [ready] to let go our anchor and run to sea but the wind went down and we took an inland passage through called Smith Channel and stoped [stopped] to cut wood every few days we stoped [stopped] at one place and the officers went on shore and shot a cow beloning [belonging] to the natives we expected to be attacked that Night so we put to sea again and we could not get another place to anchor under 90 Miles and before we got there we got out of wood and had to burn everything

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