Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 3, 2012

January 3 [1847, 1858, and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [Jan.] 3rd [1847]: “Have been alone in my room all day. I miss my husband’s company much as he usually spends this day with me. But now he is up very early and late at night. He attends to the work on deck whilst the boats are off [hunting whales]. I have been reading this afternoon [George] Bancroft’s * history of the United States which is interesting. Capt. Smith sent me a large collection of books which will amuse me whilst this whaling business lasts. (Waist Boat, 30-barrel whale).”

* NOTE: Joan Druett included the following footnote (page 178, FN 27) in ‘She Was a Sister Sailor.’ The Whaling Journals of Mary Brewster, 1845-1851. “George Bancroft (1800-91) has often, with good reason, been called ‘the father of American history,’ for he was the first to produce a history that was both comprehensive and thoroughly researched. Bancroft was born in Worcester, MA, and educated at Harvard and the University of Göttingen. He completed the first volume of his History of the United States in 1834, and nine more volumes followed during the next forty years, despite his burgeoning political career. In 1838 Bancroft was appointed customs collector of the port of Boston; in 1848 he became secretary of the navy in the Polk administration and during his tenure founded the U.S. Naval Academy. He was U.S. minister to Great Britain (1846-49), to Prussia (1867-70), and to the German Empire (1871-74).”    The link for Moral Library’s free Online version of Bancroft’s Volume I of his books on U.S. history is:

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] JANUARY 3 [1858]: “The holy Sabbath, first Sabbath of the new year. I should much like to attend church today to hear the new year’s sermon. May it be profitable and well-spent year to us all. In the evening commenced blowing a heavy gale. The barometer had been indicating it for several days.”


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