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

7th July [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster’s extensive journal entry for this date in 1847 will be posted at a later date.

Mary Lawrence, [Wed.] JULY 7 [1858]: “About one o’clock in the morning they awoke Samuel by telling him there was plenty of ice drifting toward us. He immediately got up and went on deck and found that the ice was too heavy to drift through and we must get under way, which we did, also the Benjamin Tucker, the James Maury lay still, as he could clear the heavy ice. After the ice had passed and we saw no more coming, we concluded that was the last installment and decided to go back and anchor again, as we were in no condition to go to sea, as we heeled over to one side very much and down at the stern. When we were in the ice, we slipped our anchor, and when we went back after getting through the ice, we recovered it again.   We had a fine day, this day. Captain Barber came aboard and invited Minnie to go on board and dine with him on roast turkey, which she was delighted to do….Minnie returned about four o’clock with a bouquet of beautiful flowers which she plucked from shore, having been there with Captain Barber, Curry, and Brag. She visited the Eskimos on their huts, which were poles set up and covered with skins. Their winter residences are underground….They think much of her [Minnie]. The little children that come on board run about with her….The children, even infants, are dressed the same as their parents. The females wear loose pants ‘a la Bloomer’ and the males wear tights, which is the only difference perceivable in the dress of the two sexes. The men have their hair shaved on their heads, except around their foreheads, and the women have theirs cut short around their forehead and two long braids behind. They wear no covering on their heads, wearing two or three sets of skins….I would like to have gone ashore with Minnie and the captains. Captain Barber said he would have called for me had he known how it was ashore, but he thought it might be wet. He has invited me to go with him tomorrow, which invitation I shall be happy to accept.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries for July 7-8, 1860.


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