Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 7, 2012

May 7th [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [May] 7th [1847]: “A month today since my dear William sailed, I cannot add — how quickly fled. Time passes swiftly but when separated from those we love it often hangs heavily, and the future far, far in the distance, and though aware that with its flight our own end is connected and hastening still we look and even wish the hours and days would speed away, that the period to which we look for and our minds are fixed upon — should arrive. I often ask myself, is this right. No, it cannot be. We should improve the passing moments and realize each hour is past never to be recalled.”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] May 7 [1858]: “Another gale, but quite a comfortable one, as the ship lay very steady. Minnie has been quite unwell for several days with a severe cold, headache, earache, and throatache. She and Samuel both had a touch of the boohoo fever after leaving the Islands (to which most foreigners are subject). Otherwise she has enjoyed excellent health since leaving home.”

Eliza Williams, [Mon.] May 7th [1860]: “It has been a beautiful day and smooth. I have been washing. My Husband, with the Cooper and some of the Men, have been repairing the broken boat. It looked so badly stoven to me, when I went on deck this morning, that I thought it almost useless to try to repair it, but it looks a good deal better now. They have considerable done on it will take several days to finish repairing it, I think. We were greatly in hopes of seeing the Whale we struck [harpooned] last night, some time today, but have not and probably will not now. We saw Finbacks this morning but no Right Whales.”


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