Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 4, 2013

2nd December 1859

Remaining 1848 journal entries of Mary Brewster will be posted for December 9-10th; 19, 22, 24-25; 27-31.

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Mary Lawrence’s did not make any entries from November 2 through December 1. She did not make another journal entry until the Addison left the port of Honolulu on December 2, 1859 for the final voyage toward home.

As noted in her journal, the following entry was dated December 2-20, 1859: “We left Honolulu for the last time, on this voyage at least, the second day of December. I have always fondly anticipated the day when we would leave for ‘a cruise and home’, but I left with a sad heart. Home will hardly be home – that vacant chair [Her father had passed away a few months before]. How my heart aches to think of it, and I shall not realize it fully until I get home. It will be a sad meeting should we live to reach home. Several ships came out on that day, as there had been bad weather for three or four days previously so that the pilot declined taking any out. We kept in company with the bark Behring, for Boston with a cargo of oil, for several days….

Mary Lawrence’s next journal entry will be posted on December 20. For the remaining month of December, there are only seven additional entries; Dec. 23-28; and December 31, 1859.

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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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