down such things as the community were most in want of, at sunset the British brigantine[?] of war "Spy" embarked and made sail for Valparaiso. Mr. & Mrs. Nobbs would here take the opportunity of publicly tendering their grateful acknowledgements to Captain W. & Dr. Bowden for the favours conferred on their son.
Experienced a heavy gale of wind from the westward which if it had been of long continuance would have done incalculable damage. A large piece of the Banyan tree was blown down and the Flag staff broken off in the middle.
Matthew McCoy very narrowly escaped with his life, his canoe being upset in the surf at the west side of the Island was dashed to pieces & himself very severely bruised against the rocks. Had it not been for the assistance of two other persons near at hand, he must humanly speaking have been drowned.