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have. We set him at a shark on deck. Didn't be tackle it, that's all. Have you read Oliver Twist? If not, pray do so on the first leisure occasion. Now* dear friend, adieu for a few minutes.
21th.aClose off Rio Janeiro. The most picturesque coast I ever beheldamountains heaped, jumbled, and tortured into all shapesadeep indentations, and nir merous islets, and wooded scenery. We had a trj yesterday with a Brazilian man-of-war brig and A corvetteabeat both very easy, when there was an| breeze, but with a two-knot air, they held way wit! us almost. " Royalist," too, is out of trim, from being deep.
29th.aRio is, as said, a lovely placeathe bay ca' pacious, surrounded by mountains of all heights up tfl eight or ten thousand feetastudded with islands-' green valleys, flowers, trees, shrubs, and birds in perfection. - Yesterday I visited the botanical garden* near which is a fresh-water lake. There I saw, fef the first time, the humming-bird, in all its diminutive beauty, flitting around the flowers like the most bril' liant bees a the tree they frequent is of Malacca! Exotics are cultivated a the Jack-tree, bread-fruit Bamboo-mangoathese are all old acquaintances ; but the hill-side, wild and luxuriant from Nature's hand* possesses greater novelties for me. Flowers brilliant* rhododendrons blooming ; the graceful and feather? palm, gives the proper tropical aspect, but the vege' tation is new to me and peculiar.
2nd February.aMy stay here is drawing to a close*2nd February.a My stay here is drawing to a close*