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as to upset dish, and chip a piece out of adjacent saucer.  Whereupon 
Reynolds remonstrates beginning with �My good woman, if you were
born in a pig-pen ��� ! !�                    Little Doctor Hyde developes
more and more, as a character.   He has seventeen coats, a stereos-
cope (adapted for photographs,) dried herbs and flowers, and an 
impracticable invention, which he, in England has been patenting. �Tis
a boat-trunk life-preserving-business, of which he has a model, �
the original to be six feet in length.     Nethersol, (the young Briton
in blue,) and he are friends, and the Doctor is chaffed, pulled
about, and has practical jokes played upon him by everybody.  Stans-
field tells me that that is but half his name, the final one being
Halstead.     Our mornings are sometimes very fine, but no desir-
able winds prevail; the sunlight playing on the water with a dancing
reflection, suggestive when looked upon by half closed eyes, of short
silk.     A vessel has been seen, far off, conjectured to be a steam-
boat.     We are aroused once, at early morn, by Newcombe shrieking
out like an eagle, in consequence of the sailors, who are washing the
exterior of our cabin, playing a stream of water into the open window.
Whereupon everybody has to wake, yell, or swear, till the window�s 
put up.
     To Tuesday. the 31st,   We are now, it is said, within little
more than two days distance from New York.  �Tis a misty, clammy
morning, succeeding a very warm day, which fittingly heralded
our coming experience of trans-Atlantic sunlight.   The ocean
lay a smooth plain, rippling in the sunlight, but little wind
stirring, and that favourable to our course.     There exists an 
ever present feeling that the intervening days are nuisances and               
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