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

1st October [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY OCTOBER 1st [1847]: “Here we are homeward bound. Home — what a variety of conflicting emotions rush up in the mind at the mention of this comprehensive word. Our thoughts involuntarily revert to old friends we have left where are garnered up the earliest scenes of childhood and some of the heart’s dearest recollections and thoughts like these are continually crowding upon our minds. What changes have taken place since the shores of our native land receded from view — What friends estranged, what prospects blighted — shall we ever reach that shore again, rendered doubly dear from separation and long absence — hope and eager anticipation gives buoyancy to our feelings and with full force we can say in the word of the poet, ‘Onward thou gallant ship, nor fear the raving tempests’ wrath, Outrun it all and boldly steer, Upon thy homeward path.’    The last week I have been seasick and have kept my bed nearly all the time. The winds have been light and we have made but little progress. The weather very warm and unsettled with frequent rain showers and squalls —    I have commenced regulating my apartments [her living quarters within a deck-house], which I like very much. I have no occasion to go below and am entirely separate from the officers. We have a steward, a young lad whom Mr. Brewster took from forward, who thus far is trying to do his best –We take our meals at our own table and when seated imagine we are keeping house. Here I am with husband alone and we are both making great calculations upon our enjoyment we shall have during this long passage —    William our cabin boy run away at Oahu — when a couple of days from there two lads made their appearance who had run away from their ship and stowed themselves away on board of this one. As we were some ways out and it being difficult to get back they will continue the passage — these with two youngsters that husband took who wished to get home make four new ones. All peaceable and well disposed. The intention is is to try and get a sperm whale — when round the Cape [Horn] to fill up empty casks [barrels] though we are full from the house to forward and each side. The deck is full of casks and we look all up in a heap and only a small chance for walking decks. If the winds favor we shall touch at one of the Society Islands for a pleasant change and where we can get some new recruits.   LAT. 12.54   LONG. 156.54.”

Mary Lawrence, [Fri.] OCTOBER 1 [1858]: “Moderated some during the night, and this morning we have a thick fog with some rain, a strong breeze still. There is one consolation: if the breeze continue, we shall soon be out of heavy weather and down in the delightful climate of the tropics. P.M. Moderated, but foggy and rainy. The weather is considerably warmer than it has been.”

Eliza Williams did not make a journal entry for this date in 1860.


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