[October 8, London.]—The King has located me on board the Barham, with my suite, consisting of my eldest son, youngest daughter, and perhaps my daughter-in-law, which, with poor Charles, will make a goodly tail. I fancy the head of this tail cuts a poor figure, scarce able to stir about.
On this day in 1831, Sir Walter Scott is in London, aboard the HMS Barham. Originally a 74 gun ship, the Barham was reduced to 50 guns in 1826.