Everybody was longing for a rest, and in point of fact we all needed one. We had no more wood and every day had to resort to various expedients to obtain some; and our water-supply could not last long. Like everyone, I felt these privations, but the wish to carry out the government's design made me better able to bear them than the others. Scurvy, which was beginning to get a hold on several members of the crew, was what worried me most, but I nevertheless persisted in my resolution to pass around the western side of the St. Peter islands - something that was neither longer nor difficult if only the weather would turn fine.

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