Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 13, 2012

August 13th [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [Aug.] 13th [1847]: “At 1/2 past 11 o’clock we started for Lahainaluna. We had a very warm time of it, the sun shining very hot and the dust made it very disagreeable. We had just time enough to rest when dinner was announced. Called at Mrs. Alexander’s, met some new missionaries there from Nova Scotia, bound to the New Caledonia Islands.  Two gentlemen with their wives and children, they seem to look to the future with pleasant anticipations, and think they will succeed in forming a[missionary] station among the group. I looked at them with painful feelings and felt but what the love of God would tempt such individuals to leave their friends and home and go to such a remote region where they could not see a white face and where the inhabitants were in the most barbarous state of heathenism [At this point in history, this island about sixty miles off the southeast coast of Australia, was known to be full of malaria, heat, and cannibalism]. God go with them and grant that their most sanguine hopes may be realized. They intend going the first chance they get. We had tea at a late hour then started. By the time we were half down the hill it was dark. However we got safe home well pleased with our visit.”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] August 13 [1858]: “A change has come over the countenances of our ship’s company. Notwithstanding that they were up all night cutting in, faces long unused to smiles are radiant with pleasure, a sight that delights me very much. Minnie was so interested that she awoke very often through the night to inquire what progress they were making and if I was sure that they would save him [whale parts] all.  The Japan and James Maury  are in sight this morning, both boiling. Lowered once today without success.”

Eliza Williams did not make any journal entries from August 10-17, 1860.

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