Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 19, 2013

July 19, 1859

Mary Brewster wrote on July 13, her first entry in several months, that during this voyage….”It is not my intention to keep a daily account during the passage as it is tedious and uninteresting….”  Therefore, true to her word, Mary did not make any journal entries from July 19 through July 21, 1848.

Mary Lawrence did not make any journal entries from July 19-20, 1859. However, Mary made a very long journal entry about her daughter’s birthday celebration on July 18; which is continues: “….and I think we all enjoyed it [Minnie’s birthday celebration] pretty well. The officers all united in saying that they had not sat down to such a table since they left home. The treat [s] consisted of a plate of sister Celia’s fruitcake, two loaves of cupcake frosted, two plates of currant jelly tarts, and a dish of preserved pineapple, also hot coffee, good and strong, with plenty of milk and white sugar. After we had finished, there was an ample supply left, which was sent into the steerage for boatsteerers, etc.  Minnie arose this morning about four o’clock to look at her presents. She had a box of little notions, a book, and a pocket-handkerchief from Mrs. Brayton; a pair of china vases from Mary White; two packages of paper dolls, a book, and a package of drawing cards from Helen Whitney; and an ivory shuttle and a half-dollar from her papa; and a bottle of cologne, a toothbrush, and a quarter of a dollar from her mamma. Not of much value but they were all very pleasing to her.”

Eliza Williams made sporadic journal entries during July 1861. She did not make a journal entry for this date in 1861.


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