Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 9, 2011

December 9 [1846 and 1857]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Dec.] 9th [1846]: “Husband not very well today but he is about. Capt. Bottum on board for a few moments. Mr. Dunott returned from where they are to work. He counts his stone high. What fine thing it is to be so enlivened about – such treasures. Capt. Bottum has made arrangement for his men to dig. Oh what a time and nobody knows what it is, whether good for anything or not. I hope they will not be disappointed.”

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 [Wed.] DECEMBER 9 [1857]: “The boats went off again this morning. I wanted very much to go ashore, but as it was rough and bad landing, owing to the surf, Samuel thought it not best. So I put up a bundle of needles, cotton thread, wax, a few yards of calico, and a piece of flannel, with some toys, books, and papers from Minnie, and a bag of crackers for the children [on shore], and sent ashore a letter I had previously written for Lewis and Eunice, should they touch there. Boats returned about three o’clock. It was so rough they could not bring off any wood. They obtained some bananas, bird’s eggs, a goose, some turkeys, a bag of tomatoes which the women sent me, and three little pigeons which were sent to Minnie. As we were having bad weather and it was such bad landing, Samuel thought it best to leave the island without attempting to get more wood; so we stood off immediately after. They brought me a few leaves and flowers to press and a few shells and stones, but nothing choice. Pumice stone is found in abundance on the shore.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from Dec. 1 – 10, 1859.


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