Middle Passage - Entry 4: June 28, 1830 Summary & Analysis

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Entry 4: June 28, 1830 Summary

As the Republic leaves the African coast and starts for home, it is leaking badly and soon comes upon rough water and bad weather. Rutherford senses an uneasiness in Captain Falcon's orders and believes that the captain he knew they are heading for stormy weather. It is the stormy season off the coast of Africa, and the ship endures a great deal of rough weather. Much of the crew is unable to eat because of the rough water, and even the roughest sailors find themselves praying since, as they say, there are no atheists at sea. Rutherford notes that Nathaniel Meadows, the man who has supposedly murdered his entire family, looks nothing like the barbarous man he is portrayed to be. In fact, his body and facial features are somewhat disfigured and he has an air of meekness about him.

Throughout the bad weather, the...

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