Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 26, 2012

February 26 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26th [1847]: “Light winds and pleasant weather. I have had some symptoms of seasickness which left me after walking on deck. One of the ships in sight. I have for employment been making a sun bonnet, read till 8 then took a walk of short extent.   LAT. 23.14   LONG. 111.31.”

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] FEBRUARY 26 [1858]: “Saw blackfish, lowered the boats for them, and they disappeared. Succeeded in bringing one little porpoise to the ship. Saved the tenderloin for sausage cakes and gave the remainder to the hogs. The last of Minnie’s pigeons has flown. We missed him tonight; had been walking around by himself  for several days. We were sorry to part with him.”

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] February 26th [1860]: “It has been an awful day, indeed. It commenced to be squally in the night, and we ran about 40 miles and then lay back until morning. Saw the land quiet early. Had very heavy squalls of wind and rain all the fore pat of the day, — one awful one that frightened me very much. Mr. Higgins says that he has never known one so hard since he came on the Island. There was no danger of our going ashore, for the wind was blowing off shore….Mr. Higgins’ Native Woman came off to see the Baby. It rained powerfully and she was very wet….I gave them a few articles, such as would please them, but they think more of pipes and tobacco than they did of anything that I gave them….Mr. Higgins has been getting his things on shore from the Ship, and we have been getting Cocoanuts and Bananas from there. My Husband and all hands are wet through from going back and forth. They have now come back for good and we are getting under way. The Island looks beautiful and greener than ever after the rain on the trees and shrubs….Mr. Higgins little boy cried very hard to come back to the Ship and ran to get into the boat when it came off last….”


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