Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | December 28, 2013

December 28 [1848 and 1859]

On THURSDAY [Dec.] 28th [1848] Mary Brewster wrote: “Capt. Jeffrey came on board this morning and stopped till after breakfast. Weather rather rugged. At noon husband went on board, poor me could not go, to [o] rough so I could only look at the ship and sigh. He stayed a short time then returned, and put away for Guam, the Dover for the Sandwich Islands. At dark ship out of sight. Has been rather of an unpleasant day with me. I wanted to go a-visiting and could not, so it is, life is made up with disappointments.”

Remaining 1848 journal entries of Mary Brewster will be posted for December 29-31. As for January 1849, she was nearly consistent in making daily journal entries.

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Mary Lawrence wrote [Fri.] DECEMBER 28 [1859]: “As we sail a little faster than the Lagoda, Samuel has decided to go on and not stop any longer for him. At night the Lagoda is just discernible astern.”

Mary Lawrence’s last journal entry for the month of December 1859 will be posted for December 31. During January 1860, although Mary’s daily entries remained sporadic, her first two entries for January 1 and 2 are quite extensive.

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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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