It was very tiring and slow work, yet I did visibly gain ground; and as we drew near the Cape of
the Woods, though I saw I must infallibly miss that point, I had still made some hundred yards of easting.
In the European division of the world, we must look back to the tertiary epochs, to find a condition of things among the mammalia, resembling that now existing at the Cape of
Livingstone, in multiplying his fearless explorations from the Cape of
Good Hope to the basin of the Zambesi; Captains Burton and Speke, in the discovery of the great interior lakes, have opened three highways to modern civilization.
On the mountains of Abyssinia, several European forms and some few representatives of the peculiar flora of the Cape of
Good Hope occur.
We sailed with a fair wind to the Cape of
Good Hope, where we staid only to take in fresh water.