Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 4, 2012

July 4 [1847,1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [July] 4th [1847]: “Went this forenoon in to the native meeting, not expecting to be edified but I had considerable curiosity to see the state of civilization also the pastor [Jonathan Green; 1796-1878] of the flock who was sent out by the board of missions some 16 years ago. His views were of the antislavery order and after being here some eight years he withdrew from the board as he did not wish to be supported by those who were in favor of slavery. He is now supported by the natives altogether and is said to fare much better and withal can accumulate property some six months ago — so I did not expect a call from him or his family. I had heard much of Brother Greene and the good he had and was doing so went to see his congregation — The house where they were assembled was large but illy ventilated with not seats save a few round the sides built-in native style and none of the civilizing influence I had expected to see. Clean grass was spread on the ground and on this the dark group was seated. I stayed sufficiently long to gratify my curiosity and came out before the service was finished. Mr. Andrews preached and the heavens paid good attention. I passed the remainder of the day in reading and writing. Went to bed at an early hour expecting to start for the mountain of Haleakala in the morning.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] JULY 4 [1858]:  “Lay off and on through the night. A thick fog and strong breeze, land on one side and ice on the other. Samuel was up for most of the night. The same weather the most of the day. It will be a great relief to us all when we can get in and repair the ship. She does not leak any more, but we feel anxious in a gale of wind and a heavy sea, not knowing how much she will bear. This trouble with the absence of whales wears upon Samuel. He grows thin and has lost his appetite, but it may be that all will turn out right in the end. We have heard of but three that have taken three whales and but a few that have two. It has been thus far a very icy season, and the whales, is supposed, have been in the ice where ships could not go. It is about time for the ice to break up now, if it is to break up this season. The Fourth of July today and the Sabbath. How different our situation from our friends at home! A gale of wind with ice and land to avoid. The ice probably would be a refreshing sight to them. Probably the celebration, if there is any to come off, will take place tomorrow. We had a turkey stuffed and roasted with wild ducks, which are very plenty here. Perhaps tomorrow we may get a whale. Spoke the Benjamin Tucker in the afternoon. Samuel went on board to tea. As it cleared away a little, they decided to start for another bay.”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] July 4th [1860]: “Have had a beautiful day. It was calm most all night, so that we did not get into the Bay as far up as we wanted till just at night. All the fore part of the day it was calm. We had a good breeze after dinner till just before night. We then let go the anchor. It is now quite calm and beautiful, the land all around. It is a large Bay, a new place to me as we did not come here last season.”


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