Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | August 16, 2012

16th August [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, MONDAY AUGUST 16th [1847]: “A ship in sight early this morning, proved to be from the NWest — the William Hamilton. About 10, Doctor came in and brought me a package of letters from my dear husband who was well the last of July and wanted one whale to fill up — Gratitude and thankfulness of heart I have, that thus far he has been preserved and enjoyed good health. Capt. Fisher did not call till this afternoon. In coming in he got capsized and was obliged to wait till he could change his apparel — so waited. He reports my better half as looking very well — and thinks he will be along soon. Blow ye gentle breezes and speed the Tiger and bring them all safe here — I have been reading my letters trying to make out they will soon get that whale and soon very soon be here. Capt. Fisher took tea here, says in a week I may look. Mrs. Alexander sent a note requesting my company tomorrow — late at night all alone as to person and in my mind my husband ever near –“

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] AUGUST 16 [1858]: “Another whale alongside before breakfast, and when that was cut in we had another all ready to take in. Two boats went out in the forenoon and captured him. All hands were so busy that I took the steward’s place down in the cabin in getting dinner and cleaning away. The William Thompson has taken another whale today. Well, we are beginning to look up a little. Three whales in two days is doing well. May our success continue.”

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


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