Diary: James P. Stabler, 1827 (Volume 1)

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the originators (W B Jackson &Co) excuses me "Supposing it to be against my principles" - After dinner we left Mr Pillot _ R Wilson Mr Langsdon & Jackson & Templeton below . at the table where the first four continued till 1/2 past 8 when WBJ left them _ The other three continued till ten during which they drank 14 bottles of champagne wine besides other wines beer & whiskey - They all got fuddled completely _ and vented their spleen particularly Langsdon & Pillot (the one a John Bull and the other a parles vous) against the x x x Americans who would not celebrate the day with them

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About ten o clock they came up and I went to bed but had not been more than 15 minutes before they were down again bawling and swearing &co: and ordering more whiskey punch - I thought there was no rest

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for me. _ and I got up, dressed and came up above where I staid till 1/2 past twelve . and tried it again where I soon forgot all in the arms of _____ Morpheus

5th day 7 Mo 5th

Yesterday afternoon being kept on deck rather than endure the abominable clack of a parcel of x x x x x x in the Shape of men, and it being damp I have either taken cold or the loss of sleep has accasioned a bad head ache this morning which is a general complaint _ had an opportunity of seeing a few more throws of the harpoon at the porpoises, without success. _ The mast of some ship went floating by us this evening filled with clams and shell fish, and fish round it - Longitude by dead reckoning within 2 miles of that by the Chronometer!!!!!! - Long at 10 [?] 15° 58' 41' at 12 Latitude 49° 57' and Longitude at 2 15° 40' - and by our log moving at the rate of 4 miles an hour _

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still Hazy, tho the sun out at times, by which we took the observations _ Another failure among the porpoises whom it would seem we had declared war against _ But we should like a taste of the fresh fish, altho we have had fresh meat every day since we have been out. __ Nearly calm and a heavy swell in the sea 3 or 4 knots an hour _ took a peep from the Main Top Mast heads by clambering up the shrouds _ _ The ship below look like a certain road "long and narrow" _ The Horizon almost unbounded, and nothing to be seen but clouds above and water beneath _ while around seemed to remind one of the "boundless vacuity of Space". _ Two very large sharks were said to be playing round the ship but I happd to be napping it at the time _ It is quite a curious sight to observe the appearance of the water. _ on soundings it looks green, and off soundings

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somewhat like the more brilliant Indigo — The swell appears smooth a wave sometimes from one to two hundred yards over and ten or fifteen feet in height. — had a fine view of a whale spouting this evening about half a mile distt — a considerable noise like a plunge in the water first attracted our attention and the water seem'd to rise like a "jett de Eau" for five or 6ft. — Porpoises again – Mother Careys brood for some days past seem'd to have left us — Sailing 3 or 4 knots an hour. Course ESE _ a barque in sight this afteroon which have left far behind us _ _ Music ''Auld lang syne" quick step [drawing of pointing hand] Cognomine Magnificus — dancing on deck right over my head which with various other contrivances, jumping pitching [?] serve to pass a listless hour away. _ They generally retire from 12 to 1/2 past 12 when it is pretty still till 3 & 1/2 past 3. _ when cry "pump ship"

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wakes me. _ The Sailors regularly perform this office two or three times in 24 hours by pairs — The bilge water does not smell much since the first day or two — Two of our sheep gave up the ghost and crew cast into the waves — we have now one left, three hogs – several pigs – some ducks geese and turkeys — and are said to be within 250 miles of the Coast of Ireland [_ay] Cape Clear which is the land we wish to make.

6th day morning 6th

So near a clam this morning with a high swell that we only move from 1/2 to a knot an hr with the wind aft and the yds squared which rolls us from Side to Side as usual — I think this thing of rocking children the cradle mast addle their braines a few degrees, judging of it effect on some of us — Sitting writing this morning on my finger nail with a pencil my fellow passenger Harris

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