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[Four and a half months later, they return to Jamaica. We pick up from there in Philip Galindo's diary.....]

..................we made directly across the Caribbean sea for Jamaica; the sea ran mountains high and it blew a hurricane; which it always does about here: on the 5th day saw Portland point, past Port Royal, and anchored at

KINGSTON, 12th. August 1836.

As soon as I landed I went to my very kind friend Mrs. Dight who requested my Father would again make her house his home, my Father very gladly accepted her offer. I called on Mr. Grindly and was introduced to Mr. Levingston, his lady and her sister, who is a very fine woman. My Father and I breakfasted with them, it was one of the finest sets out I ever saw. As the packet was to be made up for England I wrote a long letter to my Mother on the 24th. (This letter survives) Capt. Polhemus bothered my Father every day for his passage money! My Father was in consequence obliged to take my pistols to Mr. G. to have them raffled for there are no pawnbrokers in Jamaica. I was introduced to Dr. Binns, who is a very clever man and a great scholar, he is the editor of the Herald newspaper. I was likewise introduced to Mr. Pacifico, where I met Mr. and Mrs. Lyne and Mr. Carpentier and lady, who embarked for Carthagena, Mr. C. told my Father that he knew him perfectly well but he would not tell my Father his real name. Went to the Commercial rooms with my Father and read all the papers every day. Dined at Capt. Boor's, who offered to take my Father round the island in his own ship, which is the largest sloop in Jamaica my Father accepted his offer. I packed up his bed etc. etc. took them on board and sailed 5th. September.

While my Father was away I was treated extremely well by everybody and enjoyed myself. My Father returned in about a fortnight very much pleased with his cruise; but he cant bear their smoking and spitting, but all sailors smoke and spit, and so do the Spanish ladies; my Father does not know what to do, or how to act, the letters that were sent to him from England were all broke open and published !! I went with him to get them, but Myres nor Mr. Bruce, would give them up.

On the 15th. October late at night, to my astonishment my Father's son the Colonel arrived and came and sat at his bed side, talking untill past 1 in the morning. My Father was at first rejoiced to see him, but he was always afterwards quarrelling. The Colonel brought all his trunks etc. to our house the next day, and slept in our room, where he remained untill we sailed together; it saved him a great deal of money, as a bed at a lodging house is a dollar every night. The Colonel brought a little Irish lad with him, who used to divert us very much. I wrote again to my Mother on the 19th. October (this letter survives) but the Colonel would not let me say what I liked, he made me write what he wished and he treated my Father in the same manner; my Father said he would not be dictated to, but the Colonel went on his knees and begged my Father would oblige him, or he should be a ruined man. I never saw so ill tempered and savage a man as the Colonel in my life; he makes every body run, or do just as he pleases. In a quarrel with my Father he broke all the chairs in the room, my Father thought he was going to strike him, he took up a ruler and told the Colonel if he dared he would immediately break his arm and my Father would certainly have done it. He called me all the names he could think of and said I had robbed him of 3 sovereigns etc. My Father did every thing to oblige him, got him security for money, made his brother James withdraw the Mayor's warrant, which he had taken out against him for giving him 2 black eyes and nearly broke his nose for doing nothing only for "disgracing himself " as the Colonel said !!. He asked all the ladies if I had changed any money and called me a thief and bid his servant boy tell him if he had seen me buying any thing or eating any thing; he made me appear to everybody like a pick-pocket, I have omitted a thousand insults and ill treatment. I have had the toothe ache very bad for this last fortnight; at last we left Jamaica, with the Colonel and James 18th. November on a Friday as usual, on board the rascalled Chatham. 12 of us were squeezed into the Cabin, which is only large enough for 4: here my Father was again annoyed and insulted by the Colonel, for as I made my Father's bed on the floor, I of course placed my Father's side next to the Colonel's, so when I kicked my Father he moved to avoid me and in so doing touched the Colonel who treated him like a brute! I sincerely hope to God I may never see his face again! I had the tooth ache dreadfully bad again and the Colonel sneered at me and said I shamed; we had rain almost all the passage which was rough and boisterous; we had nearly run on the breakers off St. Andrews! indeed we were on them, but by the exertions of the passengers (who all with the Colonel assisted) got us off clear and saved us from destruction! we intended to have landed first at Salt Creek; but the wind and weather obliged us to proceed to ...

SAN JUAN de NICARAGUA where we arrived 27th. November Sunday.

[The third journey continues at Galindo 3]

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