Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 3, 2013

3rd April [1859 and 1861]

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. (Mary Brewster is pictured below).

Whaling wife

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.

Between [MARCH 30-APRIL 21, 1859]: Mary continued her journal entry: “….Mary continued her journal entry: “….Sunday, attended church at the Bethel; heard the Rev. Mr. Corwin, pastor of the Fort Street Church, preach in the morning and Mr. Collins, who, I think is an agent of the American Missionary Society, preach in the evening. Sunday night I watched with Mr. Slocum. Poor woman, I think her days are nearly ended. She is a great sufferer and an uncommonly patient one. Saw Mrs. Weeks and her children. Her husband had been gone several weeks. She will stop there during the season….”

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.  (Below: Mary Lawrence and daughter Minnie as an infant).

Mary Lawrence and Minnie/courtesy Francis F. Jones

Mary Lawrence’s entry will be continued tomorrow, April 4.

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries from Feb. 27 – May 7, 1861. On April 3, 1861; Eliza wrote: “I have been on deck to look at the land. It looks beautiful and green, but I could not see the top of the Mountain. There is a mist hanging over it. This is the season of the year that they have a good deal of rain, sometimes for weeks together. We have a fine breeze now and are going right into the Harbour. We are not far off and will get in by noon, so I much stop writing and get ready to go ashore.”

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