5-th of May 1792
"Colomba" had returned yesterday, with good wind. It was expected that they had been busy with unloading the goods and delivering them - the bulk in view of everyone, to the shipping companies, the more delicate orders delivered personally by a few sailors, accompanied or not by their captain. This morning they still had a few small deliveries to make, and they got the surprising news that tomorrow or the day after they were going to leave for England. One of the shipping companies had an important contract meant for London.
Between two errands, Fernand stopped at San Giorgio Monastery, looking for Padre Agustin. He had a present for him - incense and myrrh from Jerusalem, obtained in Ragusa via the Ottoman Empire.
"I have good news for you, Padre," he said immediately after exchanging greetings. "On May Day I officially proposed to Margareta and she said yes. We have thought about setting the wedding for the 23-rd of June. It's the Eve of Saint John's Summer fires, and we would like Saint John to protect our love and matrimony."