Carnival

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This day is the first of the Carnival, but Wickham, Sullivan & myself nothing undaunted were determined to face its dangers, these dangers consist in being unmercifully pelted by wax balls full of water & being wet through by large tin squirts.

We found it very difficult to maintain our dignity whilst walking through the streets. Charles the V has said that he was a brave man who could snuff a candle with his fingers without flinching; I say it is he who can walk at a steady pace, when buckets of water on each side are ready to be dashed over him.

After an hours walking the gauntlet, we at length reached the country & there we were well determined to remain till it was dark. We did so, & had some difficulty in finding the road back again, as we took care to coast along the outside of the town.

To complete our ludicrous miseries a heavy shower wet us to the skins, & at last gladly we reached the Beagle. It was the first time Wickham had been on shore, & he vowed if he was here for six months it should be only one.

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