Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 24, 2013

January 24 [1859 and 1861]

Mary Brewster did not make a journal entry for this date in 1848.

Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] JANUARY 24 [1859]: “Samuel went on board the Scotland to help Captain Weeks cut his whale; took Minnie with him [and] came home before dinner, leaving Minnie there to pass the day with the children. Captain May and Captain Sherman were here to dine with us. Captain Sherman took $140 worth od trade from the Addison. Captain Weeks came on board in the P.M. to invite us to pass the day on board the Scotland. He said we had better visit each other as often as possible, as we might not have another such nice time to gam for the voyage, and I for one do not expect to. It is so very smooth here. We both go up and down the ship’s side; as there are so few men on board, we put them to as little trouble as possible.”

Eliza Williams, [Sat.] January 24th [1861]: “It has been a very fine day, and we have all been on an excursion to the Town. Capt. Fish, his Wife and little Boy, Capt. Fuller, my Husband, Willie and myself. We had a delightful time. We started as soon as we had had breakfast — had a fair wind, and it was not very long before we got to the River, thought it is about 10 miles to the Town. It is a nice River and the Country beautiful and green. Along the river bank was a plenty of game, such as Ducks, Snipe, and several other kinds — Pelicans and Cranes innumerable. The Captains had their guns with them and killed a number. The River is full of Alligators and Sharks. In some places on the beach, the Alligators were lying as thick as they could, sunning, with their mouths open. They are a dirty, bad-looking creature. The Men shot at several, and one Captain Fish killed and cut off his head and saved it to carry aboard with him.”


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