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time, that really I had considerable doubts, even situated as I was, whether I should ever leave terra firma again. I verily believed that I was always to be the victim of sea-sickness; and, consequently, that at sea I never could have any comfort. Nay, I made sure, that had we remained at sea but a few days longer, I should have been sent out of the land of the living altogether. And thus impressed, I certainly, on Sunday forenoon, as we were bearing in upon the coast, had, as nearly as possible, made up my mind to stay upon it when I got to it, and forego India for ever, if a ship was to be my conveyance to it.
But it is the nature of man to forget his griefs, and not always to stand by his resolves. The very sorrows which, at the moment of his suffering them, he imagines so great as certainly to leave a most lasting impression, in the course of no very great time, are hardly remembered ; and the resolutions which now he lays down most absolutely, he very soon sees it good to alter. And it is good for him that he is so formed. And so it was with me at Falmouth. A day or two on shore recruited me wonderfully; and the bitter remembrance of my previous unhappy situation, faded considerably. Every one, too, was crying out, that we had now got all our sickness over, and that however long we might be at sea, we would have no more of it. And as both honour and necessity urged me to go through with what I had bound myself to perform, I listened to the cry, and forgetting all my former resolutions, resolved at last, whatever might be the consequences, to try myself once more.
And accordingly on Wednesday the 21st, when the ship sailed again, I sailed with her; and again I was launched into a sea of affliction. Soon were all my fine hopes of immunity for ever from the unwelcome complaint overturned; for the morning after we sailed, although I got out of bed in tolerable spirits, determined, if possible, to brave every thing, I was very soon glad to give up the contest, and turn in again. And for a whole week after, I continued, with many others, in a state, which I sincerely pray, no poor soul may ever be in. At last, however, there came a gale,-a gale which had almost driven us in on the Spanish shore, and, probably, finished our sickness not exactly in the way we wanted ; and whether it was that that frightened us into a recovery, or good weather which we had immediately after, that brought about the change, I will not determine positively; but, at all events, from that day there were evident symptoms of amendment, and very soon all complaint disappeared.
Regarding a cure for sea-sickness, I am afraid there have none been found out yet. Many plans have been recommended both for its prevention and cure, but none, I believe, have ever been found of much service. Some tell us to remain always on deck, exposed to the air. But I can tell them, from experience, that it is a thing hardly possible to keep up the head long, when once we are fairly sick; and more, that it is a thing very far from agreeable to remain a whole day on the
deck of a ship, in the English channel, in March or months like it. Others advise us never to get up at all,--to keep our bed constantly till we feel ourselves well. But this is just running into another extreme, and is not advisable. A third set recommend what would be rather an agreeable remedy, if we had any relish for food, namely, to eat, continually. Eat, say a great many, heartily and often, whether you have an appetite or not, and you will find it a most effectual cure.
But this I am inclined to regard as the very worst of advices. It is quite impossible that the stomach, weakened and worn out as it always is in the complaint, can digest food in any quantity. It may be made to receive it, but it must of necessity reject it again; and such a plan will assuredly tend more to aggravate, than to lessen the complaint. Unless there be some inclination for it, solid food should not be taken. Others go again to the opposite extreme, and bid us let eating alone altogether, till we are well. Others recommend different kinds of spirits, aromatics, 8c. But the truth is, the motion of the ship is the cause of the malady, and until we can find a way to prevent this, I am afraid those who are disposed to it, must be content to suffer the ill for a time. It is only when the system has accommodated itself to the cause, that it ceases to influence.
But although I think it hardly possible, by any means, either to prevent or cure, I think a little may be done to alleviate. And the advice I would give for this purpose is,—to sit up, and in the open air, as much as possible,—and when absolutely obliged to lie down, immediately on feeling a little recruited, make another attempt at sitting up. Eat but little solid food, even though somewhat inclined for it; and when there is no inclination, or perhaps, rather a dislike to it, let it alone altogether. It is, however, very generally the case, that there is some particular kind of food which the stomach would relish, though it loaths every other; and, of course, if this can be had, it will be very suitable. Although every kind of solid nutriment may be loathed, there is, very frequently, a desire for spirits, or wine, or