Excerpt from An Excursion Through the United States and Canada During the Years 1822-23
Accordingly, towards the end of the summer of l 822, I set out from Gravesend, on board a fine American ship of 350 tons. After touching at the Isle of Wight, to take in some extra provisi... ons, and two or three passen 'gers, we stood out to sea with a favourable breeze, and bade adieu to England.
Nothing can well be more disagreeable to lands men than the beginning of a sea voyage. Want of room, of exercise, and of occupation, added to the sickness that Neptune imposes on them as a kind of tribute, all combine to depress their spirits. I really think Dr. Johnson has drawn too favour able a picture of the life one leads on board a ship, when he merely says, that it is being in prison with the chance of being drowned. However.
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