Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 28, 2011

28th November [1846 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th [1846]: “The morning cloudy the sun shining at intervals. The oil is all coopered [loaded into the barrels/casks] and stowed down [in the ship’s hold]. The decks scrubbed cleaned which I enjoy very much. Went fishing this afternoon and returned with 3 small ones. After being gone an hour it commenced raining so we came on board; lasted a few minutes and then as pleasant as formerly. Passed the part knitting edging. Read and walked deck till late in the evening.”

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 did not make any journal entries between Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, 1857.

Eliza Williams, [Mon.] November 28th [1859]: “It has been a very fine day, and I have been on shore at Wellington’s Island, and spent the afternoon. I liked it quite well. My Husband took the Baby, and we had a nice walk among the cocoanut trees and along the beach. We got a few shells, but not a variety. The Island, or rather Islands — for there are three of them, but joined together by a coral reef — are surrounded for, I should think, a quarter of a mile, with a beautiful coral bottom as white as can be. The water has a blue cast….The [Islanders] People all flocked to the Boat to see us, and the Women had a chair in readiness to carry me to the house but I preferred walking….They all seemed very pleased to see me, particularly the Women. They decked my head with flowers. They were very fond of the Baby and said that they would steal him….not taught them to speak English much or to read….I think a missionary might do a great deal of good there; but they are so few in numbers, I suppose that is the reason that no one has been sent here….They live on nuts….Arrowroot is found there…The Natives make a kind of spirits for the [Cocoanut] tree. The roots are very strong, and they make a strong cord from them and the bark of the body. The leaves are used as mats, of which they make some very pretty ones– and baskets…with ingenuity and taste….It looks beautiful to see such a green Island, covered with Cocoanuts as thick as they can stand with their straight tall bodies and handsome leaves coming out in a bunch on the top, with large nuts in a cluster among the leaves. At home we don’t have the luxury of a nice, fresh picked Cocoanut right from the tree. It is delicious indeed to drink the milk out of the shell. We have plenty of them on board now….”


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