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31 March, 1771

 

On 31 March, 1771, James Cook wrote “Clear pleasent weather all this day. In the morning we got on board a whole Ox which we cut up and salted. I had eat ashore some of as good and fat beef as ever I eat in my life and was told that I might have as good to salt, but in this I was very much disapointed; the one I got was thin and lean, yet well taisted , it weighed 408 lbs... In the PM I observ'd a dark dence haze like a fog bank in the SE Horizon and white clowds began to gather over the Table Mountain, certain signs of an aproaching gale from the same quarter, which about 4 oClock began to blow with great Voylance”.

 

Joseph Banks wrote “Dr Solander after having been confind to his Bed or chamber ever since the 17 of this month with an irregularly intermitting fever and violent pains in his bowels, which alarmd me very much at several different times, this day came down stairs for the first time, very much emaciated by his tedious Illness”.

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