Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 26, 2013

25th December [1848 and 1859]

Whaling wife

Remaining 1848 journal entries of Mary Brewster will be posted for December 27-31.

Mary Brewster wrote: MONDAY [Dec.] 25 [1848]: “Pleasant warm weather with a light breeze from NW. I have passed a very pleasant Christmas tho’ on ship board and nothing new around me, look where I will be, the blue, clouds and sea and faces so that they seem as familiar as old Ocean itself. 6 long months have I beheld them and if spared they will haunt me much longer. Surely I would not remain long could I help it but would be on land, by my own fireside and a prayer is often breathed, ‘Oh God, preserve, prosper and return us to the land of our birth where may we live and die.   LAT. 47.28.”

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Mary Lawrence and Minnie/courtesy Francis F. JonesMary Lawrence’s next journal entries will be posted on December 26-28. After that, for the remaining month of December, there is only one additional entry for December 31, 1859.

Mary Lawrence wrote [Tues.] DECEMBER 25 [1859]: “Minnie awoke bright and early this morning to examine the contents of her stocking. With Captain Willard’s presents she was very much pleased. Her father made her a pair of ivory candlesticks with little candles of the same material, which were very cunning, and I presented her with a book. Those with candies made up the supply. The captain made us a short visit this afternoon.” 

NOTE: Above is a daguerreotype of Mary and Minnie (Age: 3 months) Lawrence circa 1851. Below is a ambrotype of Minnie (Age: 6-7 years old) taken while the Lawrence family were at the Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) circa 1857-1858.

Minnie Lawrence

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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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