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178 VOYAOS TO OBEBN$,ND. appearances indicating a probability of fmdlng any in this quarter, we sailed to the north-west with a strong breeze, and saw a large tree at sea, for which we lay to; when it was hoisted on board, it proved to be the lower part of a fir, without branches or bark, twenty-five feet in length, and four feet in girth; it had been felled by fire, as is usual in some parts of America, to clear. the ground, and it bore the marks of having long con- tended with ice and the elements. The distinction between day and night now began to be apparent, and the splendid luminary was again seen by us to take its diurnal farewell, sinking below the ho- rizon at twenty minutes past ten o'clock. We continued our course to the north- August 1. west, until we met with ice, which from the return of fog, compelled us to steer to the mth-west. It was His Majesty's birth-day, but being Sunday, we contented ourselves with drink- ing our sovereign's health in heart-felt loyalty. On the 13th, however, we resolved to celebrate the event, which we should have,commemorated on the preceding day, by a repast, probably different from that of any of our fellow subjects. Our feast was on a leg of mutton that we had brought out with us and which had been suspended under the mizen-top for a hundred and thirty-one days; it was full of gravy, and as fine flavoured as ever warn eaten: such a repast heightened the joys of the day, and we drank with glee, a long, happy, and glorious reign to our King, and prosperity to our Digitized by Goo(J�