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3 November 1769

Friday 3rd PM Fresh gales at NEBE and hazey weather. At 2 pass'd a small high Island lying 4 Miles from ^a high round head on the Main where there is a high round hill standing near the Sea upon a flat sandy beach. the land  from this hill head the land trends NW as far as we could see and appear'd to be very rugged and hilly. The weather being very hazey and the wind blowing fresh on Shore, we ha[u]led off Close upon a wind for the we^athermost Island in sight which bore from us NNE distant 6 or 7 Leagues: Under this Island we spent the night having a fresh gale at NE & NEBE and hazey weather with rain: this Island I have called the Mayor

At 7 AM it bore S. 47° East distant 6 Leagues and a Cluster of small Islands and Rocks bore N1/2E distant one League. At this time had a gentle breeze at ENE and clear weather. The cluster of Islands and Rocks just mention'd we named the Court of Aldermen, they ^lay in the compass of about half a league every way and ^53 Leagues from the main ^between which and them lay other Islands the most of them are barren rocks and of these there is a very great Variety, some of them are of as small a compass as the Moniment in London and spire up to a much greater height; they lay in the Latitude of 36°..57' and some of them are inhabited — At Noon they bore So 60° East distant 3 or 4 Leagues and a Rock like a Castle lying not far from the main bore N. 40° West one League, Latd Observed 36°..58' So Course and distance sence yesterday at Noon is NNW1/2W. about 20 Legs. In this situation had 28 fathom water and a great many small Islands and Rocks on every side of us. The Main land appears here with a hilly, rugged, and barren surface, no Plantations to be seen and but few nor no other signs of its being well Inhabited —


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