Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 30, 2011

30th November [1846 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, MONDAY [Nov.] 30th [1846]: “Commenced with strong breezes which lasted through the day with clear weather. At 5 a ship hove in sight. Mr. Brewster immediately manned a boat and went to her fearing if they attempted coming in they would get ashore. I watched the boat till dark then ate my supper. This evening it is really lonesome. Two of the mates absent up the bay which with husband leaves only one boat’s crew on board. Brother James has been in my room all the evening has just left as it is his watch on deck. It is 11, and I suppose husband will not be back till morning. The wind is blowing hard and I feel desperate. Oh dear — “

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, [Wed.] November 30th [1859]: “Our Ship is anchored in the Harbor of Ascension [in the Caroline Islands]. The Pilot came off and took the Ship in. It is a nice Harbor when we get in, but somewhat dangerous it looks to me that it is perfectly safe with a Pilot. They understand the Harbor well and the way in. It is all coral bottom except where we anchor, and coral reefs extending from one Island to another, for there are several of them, all belonging to Ascension. Beautiful green Islets of the Sea they may truly be called, covered with verdure all the year round….I spent a week very pleasantly with the Missionary Family, the Rev. Mr. Sturges. They are a very good People. I like Mrs. Sturges very much. They have two pretty little Girls and they were very fond of the Baby and he of them. I enjoyed myself so well there that I hated to leave them. It was pleasant to me to be in such a good Family, where God is worshipped and goodness reigns supreme….His praises sung. His holy word read and studied, and also taught to the Heathen. They have services every Sunday morning for the Natives in their own language and Sabbath School for all that will attend….Mr. Sturges says that hos work is very slow among them [natives], as it appears it is hard to get them interested. He says that he tried hard to get Nanakin, the Chief of King interested in the cause of religion, and he thinks that he has succeeded in a measure….They have some very pretty plants and flowers, mostly foreign ones, and there are quite a variety of wildflowers growing on the Island, some very pretty ones. The Natives are fond of dressing their heads with them. There is one kind that is rather fragrant — a bright yellow flower, rather coarse. They string them and put them around their heads….The Natives wear but little clothing. The Men mostly wear a belt about the waist with a heavy fringe about a half yard deep hanging from it, and no other clothing….The Climate will not admit of one’s wearing much clothing at any time of the year….They induced the Women to dress more than they used to and many of them put on a little slip on their Babies. The Women simply wear a piece of cloth, not more than a yard of it I should say, pinned about the hips [and] a handkerchief with a place cut in the center, for the head.”


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