Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | June 19, 2012

19th June [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [June] 19th [1847]: “We did not start till 10, as it had been raining in the night and we were afraid that the sun had not been out sufficiently long to dry up the palis we had to go over — Got packed up and all ready to start when it commenced raining and we were obliged to wait….”

* Barely on their way, Mary wrote about the bad condition and elevation of the road, the surface was made over mountains which were divided by deep ravines or gullies. Some of the roads were perpendicular for 150 feet and just wide enough for one horse. Mary wrote, “When on top of the mountains the view was beautiful. We could look down in the distance to the green valleys, which were most all inhabited. The little villages of thatched huts with their green taro patches. Then by turning your eyes on the opposite we would behold the far distant mountains with waterfalls falling and trickling down through the trees leaping till it reached the valley, where it supplied the natives with water also kept their patches constantly wet without their labor and from here ended in the Ocean — “

* Mary continues to write of the frightening, but unchanging but beautiful landscape kept their minds off the steep cliffs surrounding the road.

* At 3 P.M. the arrive at a deep, rushing river dividing Kaupo from Kipahulu. Between removing their shoes, jumping across the rocks and help from the natives, the women manage to get across.

* After arriving at their final destination for the night, natives are constantly stopping to welcome and visit with them. Eventually, sleeping arrangements were determined and they enjoyed a supper (“towards night”) of boiled ham and vegetables.

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] JUNE 19 [1858]: “In the morning Samuel went on board the Omega to get some spikes and boat boards. When he returned, Captain Whalon and Captain Manchester of the Christopher Mitchell accompanied him. In the afternoon spoke the Speedwell. Captain Gibbs came on board but did not bring his wife, as they had company and he thought we had enough, but wished us to go there. Samuel did not care about leaving his ship, and I did not want him to, as Mr. Nickerson was away. I felt very much disappointed and tried to persuade Captain Gibbs to go back after her, but it was useless. We could hardly understand it, but perhaps she can satisfactorily explain it when I see her; at any rate, I have been anticipating seeing her all the season, and she has done the same.”

Eliza Williams, June 19th [1860]: “It was quite pleasant this morning. Before noon the Sun became overclouded and it has since rained and snowed a little. It has been calm all night and today, so that we get along slowly. The land is still in sight. It is very dull on deck. The usual work is going on, the Cooper is setting up Casks, and as for me, I have been ironing for one thing and doing other little things too numerous to mention. Thomas has been reading a good part of the day, and Willie has been through his usual course of mischief.”

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