Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 11, 2012

11th February [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Feb.] 11th [1847]: ” Have been very busy all day in having my rooms cleaned in regulating the sane and can look around tonight and say all around me is clean. Saw a whale struck and killed near to the ship.  Capt. Bottum made us a short call this afternoon. The body of the young man from the Trescott was found on the beach this morning where it was washed [up]. He was buried this afternoon a little ways back where 5 which were liked last season were laid desolate and alone.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] FEBRUARY 11 [1858]: “The ship has been filled with natives, the same as yesterday….In the afternoon Samuel, Minnie, and myself went onshore. They made a great deal of us, examined our clothes, and though everything in any way appertaining to us was, ‘very goot’. Their houses are built of bamboos and leaves platted together for the roof, and the floor is made of little stones something like our gravel walks, only the stones are larger. They have nothing in their homes but mats to sleep on; and if anything gets under these mats, let it be ever so valuable, it is taboo and they must go and bury it on taboo ground. They do not bury their dead but put them in houses up in the mountain. If a woman loses a husband, she scratches her face all over with bark of cocoanut and lets the blood dry on. We saw two morning in that way. They have a number of gods, but the greatest among them is what they call the Sea God; that is, the white man’s God, who makes all the powder muskets and ships and cloth. They also have god-men, who talk with the gods and tell the people what to do. When they kill an enemy, they take his body up to a taboo house, and the god-men go there and eat it.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between Feb. 7-11, 1860.

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