The Mate & men all came on board for their bags sober with one exception, poor Harry said all he wanted his money for was to get drunk with, at noon the ships in our neighborhood wear their flags at half mast, on account of the death of Mr. Hyman of the firm of JP Whitney & Co. “death has laid his hand heavily on friends at home since we left, a number of the young & promising have been taken away, “death loves a shining mark” S has just come in with the intelligence of Capt J Coffin death, which occurred Jan last in the place a sad event to his wife & children why are we spared’

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