Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | November 9, 2013

November 9, 1859

Mary Brewster did not make any journal entries from November 6-11th [1848].

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NOTE: Mary Lawrence’s journal entry for NOVEMBER 1, 1859 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: “….We passed the time of our sojourn in port very pleasantly for the most part. Went to the theater building one evening to see Professor Anderson perform and again to hear the Swiss bell ringers. Saw many acquaintances while in port, some being home friends and others acquaintances of the voyage, especially captains and their wives, of whom there were many in port. We would generally meet at some boarding place, five or six couple[s], and after spending an hour or two very pleasantly, would adjourn to an ice-cream saloon….” (To be continued tomorrow, November 10).

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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.




  1. The Swiss Bell Ringers appeared in Norwich, Connecticut in the 1850s!

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