Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 1, 2012

August 1 [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY AUGUST 7th [1847]: “To the chapel as usual, was not interested in the discourse. Went out to walk just at night and have been writing this evening. So ends another day — ”

Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] AUGUST 1 [1858]: “The same weather continues, and what long faces greet my eyes. Everybody is discouraged, Samuel has held out wonderfully, until now he too has given up to the general feeling. How I wish that I could do something to enliven them. Whales will do it, and I don’t know of anything else.  ‘A whale, a whale, a kingdom for a whale!” How I long to see pleasant looks and smiling countenances again. We have looked and searched in vain, and the rest of the fleet have done likewise. If we cannot find whales, we cannot get the oil.The days of miracles has passed, or it might be supposed to be in the power of man to make them….”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] August 1st [1860]: “It has been foggy all day. Have been firing guns ringing the bell all the morning. We had one boat off alone and wanted them to know where to find the Ship. if they were near enough to hear the sound. They did hear and came aboard before noon. We want to go through the passage, into Shantarski Bay, but the tide is not fair, and the fog so thick tonight that we can scarcely see the end of the Flying Jib Boom plainly.”


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