Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 25, 2012

25th February [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, THURSDAY [Feb.] 25th [1847]: “Light breeze and pleasant. Capt. Stevens came on board and spent some time. I sat down and wrote a hasty letter home, as I make a point to send by every ship and he is in hopes to get home in July or August. Capt. Smith came to say good-bye and a breeze sprung up and they both left, homeward bound, and we poor souls to stop out a year longer. Well I did not envy them their pleasant prospects for both had been out a long while, and I knew Capt. Stevens had worked hard and had friends who had long been anxiously looking for him, and I could with great sincerity say, God speed them and return them both to their native land.”

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] FEBRUARY 25 [1858]: “Fifteen months of our voyage expires today, nearly half, perhaps.”

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] February 25th [1860]: “We have had a very fine day, though it is very showery early this morning. About 9 o’clock the Island called MacAskill was in sight. It is pretty sight to see the breakers and the reefs making out so far into the Sea — the Ship lying near enough to the Island in plenty of water, to have a good sight of it, and with the aid of the glass to see the huts back among the trees, the Natives running about the beach, their canoes all along the beach — the Natives in a perfect state of nudity , their heads the most prominent objects….My Husband has been conversing with Mr, Higgins whether it was safe to go on shore….some years ago….he [a Captain] went ashore in his boat, and as soon as he landed they [natives] fell among them and his Men and killed them all….However, our boat went ashore, and we watched them and the Natives on the beach with some anxiety….as soon as the Men stepped on shore, the Natives surrounded them [her husband and his men]. It made some anxious, I must confess, to see my Husband in the midst of such a crowd of what appeared to me to be Savages, but we could see that it was all right in a very short time….OUr boat has just come off to the Ship with Cocoanuts, Bananas, Mummy Apples, Turtles, Chickens and Yarrow root.  Some of the Native men came too. I ran below when I saw that they were in the boat, and they came along to the skylight to look down to see me. They are large, powerfully made Men, all tattooed, which makes them look hideous….My Husband says the Natives are very peaceable. Mr. Higgins could talk with them, and they wanted him to stop and be the head, but he thought he had rather live on Wellington Island. We shall be there in the morning. It is only 60 miles off.”


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