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Original work entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1840, by

HARPER AND BROTHERS,

in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of New York.

Original work and new edition entered according to Acts of Congress,

in the year 1868, by \

RICHARD HENRY DANA. JR., ;01

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CAMBRIDGE; rMNTED AT TH* RIVERSIDE PRESS

PREFACE TO NEW EDITION.

AFTEE twenty-eight years, the copyright of this book has reverted to me. In presenting the first "author's edition" to the public, I have been encouraged to add an account of a visit to the old scenes, made twenty-four years after, together with notices of the subsequent story and fate of the vessels, and of some of the persons with whom the reader is made acquainted.

K. H. D., Jr.

:o8ton, May 6, 1869.

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THE fourteenth of August was the day fixed upon for the sailing of the brig Pilgrim, on her voyage from Boston, round Cape Horn, to the Western coast of North America. As she was to get under way early in the afternoon, I made my appearance on board at twelve o'clock, in full sea-rig, with my chest, containing an outfit for a two or three years' voyage, which I had undertaken from a determination to cure, if possible, by an entire change of life, and by a long absence from books, with a plenty of hard work, plain food, and open air, a weakness of the eyes, which had obliged me to give up my studies, and which no medical aid seemed likely to remedy.

The change from the tight frock-coat, silk cap, and

kid gloves of an undergraduate at Harvard, to the

loose duck trousers, checked shirt, and tarpaulin hat of

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