Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 9, 2012

9th December [1847 and 1858]

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [Dec.] 8th [1847]: “Fair wind and all sail out most of the day. Ship heading ENE. Latter commenced raining and squalls as usual with hail. Single reefed topsails. The weather appears much pleasanter as it is light nearly all night. This rough weather I have my husband most of the time with me and we spend the time in reading, having a good selection of books. Shakespeare and Byron has been the theme the last few weeks and time passes pleasantly — and squalls and — wind very frequent by way of variety.   Observation LAT. 36.34   LONG. 75.30 W.”

Mary Lawrence did not make any journal entries between December 1 – 24, 1858.

Eliza Williams, [Sun.] December 8th [1860]: “It has been a splendid day, and my Husband, Willie and I have been aboard of the Florida, to see Capt. Fish and Wife, and spent the day very pleasantly. They have a little Son with them, 6 years old. We all went on shore a short time for a walk and to see some graves. There are 8 Men buried on a  rise of ground a few minutes’ walk from the Water. One is an English Captain’s grave. He was buried in the year 1819. The graves have all simple boards at the heads with the names, ages, and years. There are four buried in one grave. They were killed by a Whale last season. The spot is very barren. I saw not a spear of glass — one or two simple weeds of some kind, but with rather pretty flowers on them, a striking contrast with the desolation around. I thought that I would not like to be buried in such a barren spot, far from Friends and home — but would, I think, prefer even that spot to the deep.”

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