Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 22, 2011

22nd November [1846 and 1857]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22nd [1846]: “Beautiful weather and earth sky and water look delightful and cheering. Capt. Smith came aboard and took dinner. We then went ashore on the Island. I found the soil sandy and very dry. Two or three species of the Cactus or prickly pear with some few shrubs and flowers were all I could see. The Island is very mountainous and worn full of gullies and towards the shore an abundance of Mangrove trees growing in the water. I think in the rainy season it must be quite green as in some places we saw a plenty of dried grass all dried up with the scorching sun. The Spaniards told Capt. S – that they had not had any rain for a year — We went about a quarter of a mile from the shore — Saw a beautiful lagoon full of fish surrounded all round by bushes. I did not enjoy my walk much as rattlesnakes abound here and fear took away the pleasure of being on shore. We soon left and down on the beach where there was a boat’s crew from the Brooklin seining fish. Heard the report of a gun supposed it to be Mr. Dunott who is gunning. As our boat was on the other side we got into Capt. Smith’s  and came round to our boat and came on board. Passed the remaining part of the day in reading.”

Martha Brown’s journal entries ended on Nov. 11, 1848, when she was reunited with her husband who finally returned to Hawaii after being about six weeks overdue.

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] NOVEMBER 22 [1857]: “Last night there were several islands on each side of us, and Samuel deemed it prudent to be up again a part of the night. These islands are very low sand islands, and they can be seen but a short distance in the daytime. Probably we passed directly between them as he hoped, but it will not answer to place too much confidence on confidence on observations, as an error of the chronometer or a false position on the chart might prove very disastrous.

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Nov. 17-25, 1859.

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