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

November 3 [1848 and 1859]

Mary Brewster, FRIDAY [Nov.] 3rd [1848]: “Calm and cloudy all day. Saw blackfish, the boats chased but did not get fast. Ends smooth and pleasant.   LAT. 37.12   LONG. 78.15.”

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NOTE: Mary Lawrence’s journal entry for NOVEMBER 1, 1858 is three pages long (eleven paragraphs). Additionally, she did not make any entries between November 2 through December 1. Therefore, the journal entry for this date will be divided into eleven installments, a single paragraph will be posted for the next eleven days (or through November 11).

Mary Lawrence, [Tuesday] NOVEMBER 1 [through 30] 1859: “….When we arrived on board, we found hardly room for the soles of our feet on deck. The governor and Princess Victoria, father and sister of the present king, were on board with their train of attendants numbering in all about ninety soles! Each one with trunk, chest, box, or canny-pail, his dishes of poi, and were two large lounges with canopies for the governor and princess with velvet coverings, velvet pillows, and embroidered pillowcases. Each one was furnished with a calabash containing some fragrant herb, which was used for a spittoon, and almost every female was furnished with a white, earthen vessel, the name and nature of which modesty forbids me to mention….” (To be continued tomorrow, November 4).

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Eliza Williams, her husband and their two children, aboard the Florida anchored safely in San Francisco Bay on the afternoon of October 26, 1861; ending a three-year whaling voyage.


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