Ever slept in a hammock?

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I'm writing this on board. It's about one o'clock & I am determined to sleep in my hammock. I slept in it for the first time last night and experienced a most ludicrous difficulty in getting into it; I shouldn't have put my legs in first.

As the hammock was suspended, I only succeded in pushing it away without making any progress in inserting my own body. It seems the correct method is to sit accurately in the centre of the hammock, then give yourself a dexterous twist and your head and feet just ... come into their respective places. After a little time I daresay I shall, like others, find it very comfortable.

In the morning the ship rolled a good deal, but I did not feel uncomfortable; this gives me great hopes of escaping sea sickness. Others hope so too. Let our hopes not be confounded.

I will now go & wish Stuart (officer on duty) good night & then practise my skill in vaulting into my hammock.

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