Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 12, 2013

July 12, 1861

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during July 1861. Eliza wrote: [Sun.] July 12th [1861]: “This morning was very fine and mild, the water was quite smooth. We let go the anchor. Then my husband came down and told me that we would go aboard the South Boston a little while. I had just put the baby [daughter] down to sleep and thought I would leave her. I gave the steward charge of her if she awoke before we got back and went aboard taking Willie [2-3 year old son] along. We were not long going, we stopped aboard a short time and Capt. Randolph showed us all the nice things that he has been collecting together for his wife. He has got a very nice set of porcelain ware that he sent to Nagasaki for and two pair of birds, Parakeets, that he got of a gentleman that got them from the Malay Islands. They [the birds] are very handsome, being all bright colors, green, yellow, red, and black. They do not sing but make a loud shrill noise. He has a pair of stuffed birds of paradise, very beautiful. He showed us a knife box and work box that he has been making; they are very pretty. Capt. Randolph came back with us and has spent the day with us. I found the baby all right.” 

Mary Lawrence did not make any journal entries from July 8 – 12, 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. Therefore, Mary Brewster’s entries will resume on this blog starting July 13, 2013.


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