made the most of it and push'd on to double Staten Land, which I did the next day, having past close to New Years Harbour with fair weather that was sufficiently tempting, after a long voyage, to benefit by the refreshments it could afford us, but I saw still the appearance of summer altho the Days short, and knowing well the consequence of delay, I entered the Southern Ocean 10th. a very fresh Gale westerly under low sail. - I got on with as much success as could reasonably be expected until the 1st. April, when the weather evidently began to change and the Gales became violent with severe snow & hail storms and very high seas. - I had got at one time to the westward of the meridian of the west entrance of the Streights of Magallen & made sure of my passage, when a most heavy Gale took us from the SW, & in lying to lost all we had got.
kept persevered expecting the wind would moderate, but at last seeing eight of my Men not able to Duty from severe Rheumatisms, two with dislocated Shoulders & one with a broken rib, and the rest being but few much harrassd and fatigued from the severity of the weather, the ropes being worked & sails furl'd with much difficulty from the heavy snow storms, I was obliged to give way, but it was from the following reasons.
That it appeared evidently I had but little chance to accomplish my passage during the time I could possibly stay longer in this sea. -
That to put into Port at such a season and attempt it again, provided I had success was gaining but little time and the chance much against me.
That I had not a moment to spare to make my passage to the Cape of Good Hope and refit so as to secure my getting to Otaheite [Tahiti] in time -