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Cape of Good Hope (continued)

Notwithstanding the many disadvantages this Country labours under such is the Industry, Oconomy and good management of the Dutch that not only the necessarys but all the luxuries of life are rais’d here in as great abundance, and ^are sold as cheape if not cheaper then in any part of Europe some few articles excepted. Naval Stores however do not want form Price any more here than they do at Batavia, these are only sold by the Company who have a certain fix’d exorbitant price from which the[y] never deviate

The Inhabitants of the Cape Town are in general well bred and extremely civile and polite to all strangers, indeed it is their Intrest so to do for the whole Town may be consider’d as one great Inn fited up for the reception of all comers and goers - Upon the whole there is perhaps not a place in the known World that can equal this in affording refreshments of all kinds to Shipping - The Bay is Capacious, pretty safe and commodious, it lies open to the NW winds, which winds we are told very Seldom blow strong, but some times sends in a great sea for which reason Ships moor NE and SW and in such a manner as to have an open hawse with NW winds; the SE winds blows frequently with great Volience but as this is right out of the Bay it is attended with no danger. Near the Town is a Warfe built of Wood run out a proper distance into the Sea for the conveniency of

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