Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 25, 2012

25th December [1847, 1858 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SATURDAY [Dec.] 25th [1847]: “….Today it has been a repetition of trhe same, have had heavy squalls of thunder and lightning and rain in torrents. This is Christmas and our thoughts have wandered to the scenes of our youth and the home of my childhood when we hailed the return of this day with unmigled delight. Today we pass it on the ecer-moving deep with the elements warring around us. Yet I do not feel sad, neither do I sigh for home, only for pleasant weather — The weather is very unpleasant and at 9 this evening it is raining hard. So closes this day.”

Mary Lawrence, [Sat.] December 25 [1858]: “….Minnie hung up her stocking as usual last night and was fortunate in finding it quite well filled with the usua; supply of candies, nuts, and oranges, also a book and transparent slate from me, and a $2.50 gold piece from her papa. A few days ago Mr. Forsyth, our mate, gave her a very pretty little spyglass, which she said she should call her Christmas presnt too. We are now bound for the coast of California….”

Eliza Williams, [Wed.] December 25th [1860]: “It has been a very fine day. We have a plenty of company and beautiful weather but no Whaling yet. The boats see 3 or 4 some days and one or two have been fast [harpooned but not killed], but the Whales run so badly that they have to cut [the harpoon] from them. There are now 15 ships in here. Last evening the Cabin was full of Captains. One ship has gone out — the Callao.”


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