Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 18, 2014

18th February [1849 and 1860]

Through most of 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 Brewster, SUNDAY [Feb.] 18th [1849]: “Almost calm and very warm, have read and written and passed the Sabbath pleasantly, I have much time for religious thoughts and I am pleased to think that at times I do take an interest in them. Of late the Saviour has occupied some of my attention, and I trust I have a will to know more of his divine characters and a disposition to encourage such thoughts. May this be a sincere prayer, Lord teacheth me to know thee, to love & serve thee and may I think more of heaven and less of earth.   LAT. 12.50   LONG. 172.40”


Mary Lawrence, [Mon.] FEBRUARY 18 [1860]: “We have been heading towards the Snares today. Saw the Eliza F. Mason in company with another ship, gamming. If they had not been so far to the windward, Samuel would like to have joined them to gain what information he could in regard to whales. We have not seen a right whale yet and have been all over the ground. A fine, pleasant day, and a great pity that we could not have improved it by getting a whale; the pleasant days are so few. About sunset it commenced blowing again quite strong.”


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