The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 125
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Journal of Ammon Underwood, 1834-1838
As no vessel was ready to sail imiediately, I procured board for
myself and brother at M. Simeon Smiths. The next day [there]
arrived in the city my friend Mr. Thomas Cochrane and likewise
Mr. Robert Cochrane who had concluded to accompany us. The
2d of feb' my brother returned. When I shall again be permited
to see him and the rest of my connections and friends, dearer to
me than myself, I cannot tell. How hard it is to deny ourselves
the pleasure of the society of those we love, and, from the harbour
of social friendship, to launch upon the changing sea of fluctuat-
ing fortune. The sacrifice and self denial is great indeed. To
wander from Home-Kindred-Friends with whom we passed our
earliest childhood, how hard the task!
Feb' 11th left Boston on board the fine new ship Hobart, whareof
Capt Sprague is master, for the city of N. Orleans-crew drunk
quarrelsome and noisey-wind high anchored for the night in Presi-
dents roads. Next morning got under way. In sight of land the
whole day[.] 13th. Land in sight this morning, but lost sight
of it during the day,-aniversary of my birth, and the first time
in my life that I have ever been beyond the sight of land, allthough,
I have been [on] a number [of] coasting voyages. Very seasick
myself as also friend T. Cochrane, a fellow traveler G. M. Haynard.
Feb' 19th discovered a vessel but did not come with-in hail-the
first vessel seen since we left sight of land. She proved a bark
bound northward. Feb 22d birthday aniversary of the greatest of
heroes, the noblest of patriots and the wisest of statesmen-In
lattitude of St. Augustine wether warm and pleasant. Yesterday
and to-day are the only pleasant days we have had since we left
the metropolis of my native state, and I am partialy recovered from
the very unpleasant indisposition of seasickness[.] All on board
apear more cheerfull and all countenances assume a brighter aspect.
March 3, Made the land this evening[.] it proved the island
of Abico whare there is a dangerous place caled the Hole in the
wall, which has proved fatal to numerous as fine vessels as ever
spread their flowing canvass upon the bosom of the boundless
ocean, as well as to the life of many a dauntless marriner whose
bones have been left to bleach upon the beach.
March 4th. This morning we find ourselves moving, with a
gentle breeze, throug [h] the transparent waters of the great Ba-
hama Bank, with the Berry islands close upon our larbourd. The
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