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In the morning of the 18th, being in the latitude of 57 deg. 54' S., longitude
83 deg. 14' E - Page 120
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In The Morning Of The 18th, Being In The Latitude Of 57 Deg.

54' S., longitude 83 deg.

14' E., the variation was 39 deg. 33' W. In the evening, in latitude 58 deg. 2' S., longitude 84 deg. 35' E., it was only 37 deg. 8' W., which induced me to believe it was decreasing. But in the evening of the 20th, in the latitude of 58 deg. 47' S., longitude 90 deg. 56' E., I took nine azimuths, with Dr Knight's compass, which gave the variation 40 deg. 7', and nine others, with Gregory's, which gave 40 deg. 15' W.

This day, at noon, being nearly in the latitude and longitude just mentioned, we thought we saw land to the S.W. The appearance was so strong that we doubted not it was there in reality, and tacked to work up to it accordingly; having a light breeze at south, and clear weather. We were, however, soon undeceived, by finding that it was only clouds; which, in the evening, entirely disappeared, and left us a clear horizon, so that we could see a considerable way round us; in which space nothing was to be seen but ice islands.

In the night the Aurora Australis made a very brilliant and luminous appearance. It was seen first in the east, a little above the horizon; and, in a short time, spread over the whole heavens.

The 21st, in the morning, having little wind and a smooth sea, two favourable circumstances for taking up ice, I steered for the largest ice island before us, which we reached by noon.

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