Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | January 21, 2014

January 20, 1860

Mary Brewster did not make a journal entry for this date in 1849.

Through most of January 1849, Mary Brewster made nearly daily journal entries. However, most of them are very brief.  Oftentimes, Mary’s journal entries are reflective of 19th-century whaling ships’ logs entries that typically would have been made by the captain or first officer of the vessels.


Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] JANUARY 20 [1860]: “We are now on our way toward the North Cape of New Zealand and where we do hope to get a whale. About noon raised a ship, Just before dark she hauled aback, and we ran down to her. Before she reached us, I saw a lady on the house. As we drew near, we found her to be the James Arnold, of New Bedford, a sperm whaler. Captain and Mrs. Sullivan came on board and brought with them their cooper, Frederic Read (Anna’s brother). I was very glad to see him, although he had grown out of my knowledge. They brought us some apples and peaches, which were a great treat. They procured them from a ship just from New Zealand. I gave them some late papers, which are always acceptable, and some peanuts. They have seen Thomas and wife this voyage and Lewis and his wife, and now they have seen Samuel and wife. They left us at 9 P.M. I feel as if I had been peculiarly favored to have a visit from three different ladies in less than a week.”

Future posts made by Mary Lawrence are January 21, 23-29.


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