Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 10, 2011

10th November [1848 and 1859]

Mary Brewster [1846] and Mary Lawrence [1857] did not make journal entries for this date.

Oops, my apology; I erred by posting Martha Brown’s Nov. 10th [1848] entry with the blog’s Nov. 8th post. You can navigate to Martha’s journal entry by locating it under “Most Recent Posts” at this page’s right-hand margin. Click on Nov. 8th and you will be redirected to that date.

Eliza Williams, [Thursday] November 10th [1859]: “This will be our last day in Port. We have a very pleasant time. I have been on shore the most of the time, stopping with Capt. Fletcher’s Family. Have been around considerably and have seen and learned a little of the Japanese, their manners and customs….they are a peculiar people. They know a great deal, and have a great variety of different articles of their own manufacture, both useful and ornamental. The laboring class, which is by far the most numerous, seems a tough, hardy, and hard-working People, but slow, I think.   It is cold here now, for they are in about the same latitude that we are at home — and yet they go very thinly clad. One morning….so little clothing on….thought they must perish, for the snow and hail was coming down on them; but they appeared not to notice it at all.   I think the poorer class of Japanese are quite poo, yet they seem more comfortable ….for their wants are few. They live principally on fish and rice….they like Sake….a kind of spirit distilled from rice….intoxicating, too.   There seems to be a great many Officers among them, of different ranks which they inherit….They are very strict in their law. While we were there, one man was beheaded for stealing, and one was sentenced to be burned alive for setting fire to some building. All criminals are made Priests [An interesting observation – and incorrect?]….They [Priests] seem to be of small account among the People, but there seems to be a good many of them. There are quite a number of Temples and I think every morning a great number of People come out of them. They go there very early in the morning to mass, or something of the kind.”

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