Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 17, 2013

17th January [1848 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, MONDAY JANUARY 17th [1848]: “A number of days have passed since I last wrote. I have felt no disposition nor have had change sufficient. We have had our share of head winds and calms during the interval and have made but little progress — We have seen a number of ships and two brigs in the time. Today a Barque has been in sight and towards night the mate went on board and got some newspapers. She proved to be the Lennox of Boston Capt. Howe 9 days for Rio with a cargo of coffee bound to New Orleans. She was about 5 months from the U.S. The papers contained accounts of the Mexican war, prices of bone and oil, which was all which interested us.   LONG. 22.50   LONG. 31.37.”

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] JANUARY 17 [1859]: “Samuel is laid up today with a lame back in consequence of digging quahogs and cutting in whale. Captain Weeks came on board for me to go and see his wife, as they thought some of leaving at night. But while he was here, they decided to stop another day, so I put off my visit until tomorrow, as I was busy washing and I did not care to leave Samuel. Captain Weeks recommended new rum and salerants to bathe his [Samuel’s] back, which I immediately applied. Got a whale today, which they were to bring to our ship, but Samuel sent for Captain May, to take it to the Dromo, as he was not able to see to it.”

Eliza Williams did not make a journal entry for this date in 1861.


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