Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | May 15, 2012

May 15 [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [May] 15th [1847]: “Saturday night has again arrived, another week fled. How rapid is the flight of time. I have been sewing most of the day. This afternoon I went out to ride. We did not go far. The sun shone and it was very warm — This day is a complete holyday for the native population and their day for riding. The streets are one cloud of dust from 2 till dark and any animal which can be ridden is in requisition. Such a combination of dress and costume and position. The females all ride astride with a gay piece of cloth wound carelessly round their legs and brought up and confined to the waist — heads are covered with garlands of flowers, some with rays of the most brilliant color, a gay handkerchief round the shoulders and a horse which will go as fast as can be driven and they appear happy.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] MAY 15 [1858]: “Clear and cold. Are working our way towards the ice. P.M. Saw a ship and saw some floating ice. After tea spoke the sip Milo; Captain Sowle came on board. He is a sperm whaler, thirty months out; has 900 [barrels] sperm and 600 whale. Had not received a letter from his wife during his absence. Had been in no place that he could get papers or news from the States. Had seen no ships and was, as he said, ignorant of everything that was going on. I looked him up all the late papers that I had, which I presume were very acceptable. At nine o’clock three other ships were in sight.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries between May 15-24, 1860.

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