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Dec 5th

a dozen oranges this morning, tomatoes are also very cheap. we can buy papers here at 3d each & we gave it willingly. Tomatoes, & very good one cost 3d per doz. & nearly every lad on the boat had tomatoes for tea;

Some of the lads also squared the natives to come out to the boat after dark. Slater Tapp managed to get into one down a rope at the stern of the ship before tea & went ashore; after tea several boats were rowing about us & two or three boat loads of lads managed to get away before the game was noticed. 4 or 5 was caught in the act & put in the guard room by Regimental Sergeant Major (Lindsel) he also put an extra guard on & had all ropes & ladders rolled up on deck so the lads will find it a tougher job to get on board than it was to get off.
I believe the Colonel & a boat load

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