Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | February 28, 2014

28th February 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 did not make any journal entries between February 25-March 1, 1849.


Mary Lawrence, [Tues.] FEBRUARY 28 [1860]: “Samuel went ashore early in the morning for Captain Greaves, as he was going up the bay with him for potatoes. They returned before noon; stopped on board to dine. Then Samuel, Minnie, and myself accompanied him to his house, where we were very cordially received by Mrs. Greaves. She is a native of the West Indies, a Creole, but resided in New York for two years when a child. The have two children, Everett and Adele. We had a very pleasant visit at their house. Dr. Catling was there also. Mrs. Greaves took us to the house of a French lady. She made considerable of me because I was acquainted with all the French whaling captains. We went there more particularly to visit their orchard, which consists of four hundred peach trees all borne down with fruit. Such a sight I never saw before. It looked wicked to see them lying upon the ground. We were feasted with peaches, currants, raspberries, and strawberries. They were engaged in making peach wine, which I was told was very nice. She kindly gave me some peaches to take on board. Samuel visited another orchard with the gentlemen, where he bought some plums and gave the owner of the orchard five dollars to let his men go in and pick up as many peaches as they could carry away, which he agreed to do. We went on board about dark, well laden with fruit.”


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