Fresh Trade at ENE with Calm in the middle part and some showers of Rain. Thermr. 79° to 83½°. Armourer at the Forge Carpenters & Cooper making necessaries for the Plants.
This Morning the sail Room being cleared to take the sails on shore to Air, The New Fore Topsail and Foresail, Main Topmt Staysail & Main Staysail were found very much mildewed and rotten in many places.
If I had any Officers to supercede the Master and Boatswain, or was capable of doing without them considering them as common seamen, they should no longer occupy their respective Stations. Scarce any neglect of duty can equal the criminality of this, for it appears that altho the Sails have been taken out twice since I have been in the Island, which I thought fully sufficient and I had trusted to their reports, yet these New Sails never were brought out, or is it certain whether they have been out since we left England, yet notwithstanding as often as the Sails were taken to air by my Orders they were reported to me to be in good Order. To remedy the deffects I attended and saw the Sails put into the Sea and hung up on shore to dry to be ready for repairing.
Cleaned ship and got up all chests to clear the Cockroaches Smoaked with Tobacco.