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

22nd December [1846 and 1857]

Mary Brewster, TUESDAY [Dec.] 22nd [1846]: “A Spanish lady and her husband has been to see me today. They live some 30 miles in the country. She wanted to see an American woman and in her wish was gratified in seeing my dear self. She could not speak a word of English nor I Spanish so the interview was something like a Quaker meeting. Her name was Mary Smith. Her husband’s father was from N. York, settled in California and married a Spanish girl. He speaks English and prides himself on being half Yankee. He was interpreter. After tea they left and went on board of the Hibernia where they all congregate. I concluded she must like her visit as she told her husband to tell me she should come soon and see me again, which if she does she is welcome to jaunt 60 miles. She appeared well, was dressed in a light calico dress made with short sleeves, short plain waist [bodice], a small shell round her neck, a long shawl of worsted trimmed with lace. Both sexes smoke. The tobacco is cut up very fine and put into small strips of white paper, when folded make a neat cigar. Some of the Spaniards which have been on board were dressed extremely well and their fashion is both becoming and elegant looking. Frequently see them with silk velvet pants the seams open from the knee down and laced with silk cord with tassels with scarlet, yellow, or green for a lining underneath. Shirt ruffles and worked [embroidered] bosoms and wristbands in profusion with scallops. Loose sleeves and a serapa, a covering for the shoulder.”

Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] DECEMBER 22 [1857]: “Weather much cooler today. Have had the stove put up in the house on deck instead of the cabin for present.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Dec. 20-23, 1859.


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