Moderate Winds with Calms and cloudy Weather some hard showers of Rain with some Thunder and Lightning. Wind NEBE and ESE. Thermometer 78° to 79°.
Employed on the necessary duties of the ship and Armourer at the Forge as the weather would admit, and a few Hands cutting Wood.
It is remarkable that in the first quarter of the Moon for these two months past the weather has been remarkably cloudy with Rain and very unsettled, so that as soon as the Sun and Moon came in distance to be observed, no observations could be made of any kind. I have been anxiously looking out for the Comet but we have as yet no appearance of it.
The Plants are going charmingly on and those we have only Potted within these three weeks are in as thriving a state as the others, owing to the season.
Tynah as usual my constant guest, and my supplies and situation with all the natives as pleasant as before. The Evenings are dry and I am always entertained with some of their amusements. This afternoon a few young men were wrestling when one of them having an untoward fall his arm was put out of joint at the Elbow. As instantly as the accident happend three stout men took hold of the man by the wrist and placing their feet against his Ribs they put it in again. My Boat being waiting I sent her off for the surgeon but before he returned all was well, except a Swelling of the muscles from the strain which he prevented from getting to a greater height. I was alarmed lest the arm might be broke for they were wrestling to entertain me, but they all laughed heatily at it, and told me they was they could mend it again, and got a number of Sticks and placed round the arm and bound it with cord to show me how it would be done. Many accidents of the kind they said happened at their wrestling Heivahs, and I have no doubt of it as I have seen many deformed arms. That they have a skill in surgery is therefore no longer a doubt, and I have already given an instance of seeing an amputated arm perfectly healed and apparently performed with a great degree of skill.
The Venereal List has three men in it, but we have no signs of Virulence or inflamatory complaints with it, and the cares are easily performed.