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January 1789 [cont.]

                                       
Week Days  Mo Days  Winds  Landing & Surf  Observation &c  Transactions on Norfolk Island state of Wr &c 
Tuesday  13  EbN  Very good Landing  Moderate Breezes & Cloudy weather. 12 Men clearing away & Turning up Ground in Arthurs Vale. 8 Clearing away in the Swamp. 1 Man Thrashing of Wheat, both Sawpits at Work & Three Carpenters about the Commandants house. Blacksmith also employed making Iron work for a roller— 
Wednesday  14  NE  Do  Fresh Breezes & Cloudy dark Weather. people all employed as before. at 6 AM. sent the Coble men to Ball Bay, But a great Surf running there, prevented them from bringing her here. 
Thursday  15th  NE  Do But a great Swell betn the Islands  Mary Gamble one of ye Female Convicts wounded a Boar in a dangerous manner by throwing an ax at it, Tyed her to the Cart & sentenced her 12 dozen lashes but in consideration of her being the 1st Woman brought into that situation I forgave her—  Strong Gales & Cloudy Wr—People all employed as before. Sent Party's out to different parts of the Island to search after Jas Robinson who has been missing since his returning from Ball Bay Yesterday. In the Eveng the Partys returned without any tidings of him— 
Friday  16th  Do  good landg here but a great Surf in Ball Bay this Wind bearing right in—  Do Wr with heavy Squalls of Wind at 6 AM Sent out another party to find Jas Robinson at 8 they returned with him he being much fatigued & hungred not having had any thing to eat since the 14th in the Morng. People all employed as before— 
Saturday  17th  Do  Do  Do Wr Squalls as before. People employed Workg on their Gardens. 
Sunday  18th  NE  Not the least surf. A surf still running in Ball bay which prevents our launching the Boat.  Fresh Gales & Clear Weather. at 10 AM performed Divine Service & Baptised the new born Infant by the Name of Norfolk, he being the first born on the Island— 
Monday  19th  NE  Very good Landing-  Strong Gales of Wind. 12 Men Turning up Cleared Ground in Arthurs Vale for sowing Wheat on, Both Sawpits at Work, 3 Carpenters about the Commandants house, one Man making an inlosure for keeping poultry. There being but little surf sent the Coble men to Ball Bay to bring the Coble round at 2 she landed here & hauled her up. Punished Thos Watts alias Watson with 2 dozen Lashes for contemptuously neglecting going to Work on being ordered by the Corpl of Marines 1 Man Lame— 
Tuesday  20th  North East  Do  The Caterpillars are very Troublesome destroying every vegetable as fast as it comes up & likewise eating off the pods & seeds of those which are preserving for seed—which I imagine is owing to the great drought—  Fresh Gales. People all employed as before at daylight sent the Coble to fish at 11 she returned with only 10—Cut a small patch of Barley, sowed in [*] 1 Man Lame— 
Wednesday  21st  North  Do  Do & dark Cloudy Weather with a few light Showers of Rain. At noon the 12 men employed in Clearing away Ground, compleated their Task of Clearing & turning up two acres in 28 days. they began 29th December & their term finishes on Sunday Monday will be given them as some of the People has been lame—Carpenters & Sawyer as before. Sent the Coble out to fish she returned with only 20 Issued them to a part of the people 4 lb of Fish in Lieu of ½ a lb of Pork— 
Thursday  22nd  NNW  Very good Landing.  Very Strong Gales of Wind & Cloudy Weather, Carpenters & Sawyers employed as before—1 Man Lame 
Friday  23rd  WNW.  Do  Do Weather with very heavy rain, during the night & day, Carpenters employed as before. At noon read the Articles of War, As well as the Rules & Regulations for the Marines when serving on shore—1 Man lame. 
Saturday  24th  West, Variable  Not the least Surf.  Moderate Breezes & very pleasant Weather. at 9 AM Robert Webb Gardner came to the Commandant & informed him that a plan was laid by the Convicts to take the Island. The Circumstances attending which are contained in the different depositions, Confined Noah Mortimer, Wm Francis & Samuel Pickett Convicts as principals, also Jno Thompson Convict for stealing Indian Corn, off the Corn growing in Arthurs Vale. Removed the Sergt & Corporals house from the Water side to its place next the Surgeons, pitchednote the Marines & free People round the Store houses & caused every person to come in out of the Country. 
Sunday  25th  Not the least Surf  variable  Moderate Breezes & dark Gloomy Weather with frequent Showers of very heavy rain. Sent the Coble round to Ball Bay to bring every thing belonging to those settled there. at 11 AM Performed Divine Service— 
Monday  26th  A very great Surf  ENE  Administred the oath of Fidelity & allegiance to the Officers Marines & Free people.  Strong Gales of Wind & heavy rain most part of the day during the Morning examined Witnesses on oath respecting the Plot laid to take the Island &c. After which discharged Noah Mortimer (who did not appear to be so guilty as S. Pickett & W. Francis) keeping Irons on him as also on Thos Watson. they being both in some measure Guilty. In the afternoon Employed the Convicts Cutting down trees & opening an avenue round the Commandts house. Punished J. Jones Convict with 3 dozn lashes for insolence & contempt to Messrs Donavan & Jamison 
Tuesday  27th  Do  NE  Fresh Gales & dark Cloudy Weather with heavy rain at times. Convicts Employed Clearing away & Cutting down trees to enlarge the ground where the houses are built, in order to place the Convicts by themselves. 2 Men Sick—began gathering the Indian Corn that was sowed in [*] 2 Men Sick. 
Wednesy  28th  ENE  A great Surf  I am very much of opinion that this is the rainy Season As the Rain was very violent & frequent when we first came here in March—  Moderate Gales & very dark Cloudy Weather with almost constant Showers of Rain. People Employed Clearing away round the houses &c. Punished Joseph Long Convict with one dozen lashes for leaving his work & absenting himself without leave. 5 Men blinded by the Maple Sap getting into their Eyes— 
Thursday  29th  NE  Do  Strong Gales & very dark Cloudy Weather, People all employed as before. 4 Men sick & Blinded. Incessant rain all day— 
Friday  30th  Do  The Surf very heavy  Do Wr with rain as before, People all employed as before. 2 Men sick— 
Saturday  31st  NNW  Surf Decreasg fast.  Strong Gales of Wind & Cloudy Weather, People all employed as before 2 Men sick, at Noon punished Wm Thompson Convict with 50 Lashes for stealing Indian Corn from the Plantation. A heavy rain in ye night 

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