Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 30, 2013

30th March 1859

Mary Brewster’s journal for her voyage from 1845 – 1848 ended on March 8, 1848 when the Tiger arrived home (Stonington, CT). Mary and her husband, Samuel did not return to sea for their last voyage until June 1848. However, Mary’s journal-writing did not resume until July 13, 1848.

Between March 30 – April 21, 1859, Mary Lawrence made six different journal entries but did not date them. So the entries which appear here through April 4, are assumed or estimated based upon future entries she dated and begin May 1, 1859.

[MARCH 30-APRIL 21, 1859]: “We arrived safely at anchor in the harbor of Lahaina [Maui] about 4 P.M., March 30. Went ashore very soon afterward where we found accommodations as usual with our friend Gilman at Seaside Cottage. Found letters from home awaiting us containing the sad intelligence of the death of our beloved niece Celia M. Bourne. Of her parents, how can I speak? Those hearts ache because the voice of their loved one is heard no more, of eyes that weep because eyes that were bright have grown dim. Her end was tranquil and peaceful, and her parents feel that though they have one less in their family circle, yet heaven has one spirit more. May they and we also live so that we may finally be united to the dear ones gone before. We also found two boxes there for us, one which my mother had sent nearly two years previous but which has just reached us, and the other was directly from home from our Falmouth friends…..” 

Mary Lawrence’s entry will be continued tomorrow, March 31.

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries from Feb. 27 – May 7, 1861.

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