Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 15, 2011

December 15 [1846 and 1857]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY DECEMBER 15th [1846]: “Employed in sewing all day. Capt. M- and Bottum on board also Capt. Jeffrey. When we have company all work is laid aside. Capt. J- thinks he has got 100,00 dollars’ worth of gold. Oh what calculations what riches and what talk. It is good as the Park theater. One would imagine that Capt. J- was acting out his part to see the calculations. This evening I have been reading. Several of the inhabitants have been off today and are very willing and glad to let us have Bullock. Said they should have been on board before but Capt. J- and S- said we did not wish anything and had no trade, when we are the only ship which has got what they wish in exchange.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] DECEMBER 15 [1857]: “Two boats went ashore today. Came back in the afternoon with a few fish, two wild goats which they had killed, and a kid which they succeeded in taking alive. This island is very small, uninhabited, nearly destitute of vegetation; no water to be found on the island. An abundance of goats, hogs, and parakeets to be found. They caught one of the latter to bring to Minnie, but it got drowned on their way to the ship. We had some of our pork cooked for dinner today that they killed ashore yesterday. I made great dependence upon my dinner, but when it was brought upon the table, the flavor thereof was sufficient. We we obliged to have it removed before we could eat our dinner. Hope the goats may prove more palatable. Saw a ship at a distance about sunset. We hoped to see a whale off the island but have been disappointed.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Dec. 14-18, 1859.


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