Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 1, 2014

March 1, 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.


1860 was a Leap Year. The extra February date, the 29th, occurred on a Wednesday. Mary Lawrence did make a very long entry for that date, but since 2014 is NOT a Leap Year, I did not post Mary Lawrence’s entry for 1860.

Mary Lawrence, [Thurs.] MARCH 1 [1860]: “This morning we sent a boat off for Mr. White, as he was coming to look at the slops.*  When the boat returned, Minnie was delighted to find that he had brought Millie with him. She brought Minnie a breakfast of peaches and apples. We got lunch about 10 A.M. for them, as they do not breakfast until that time, the two girls having a tea party by themselves in the stateroom. I find they all like out Yankee cooking, but they cannot understand how we can breakfast so early in the morning.

We then sent a boat onshore for Captain Greaves and family, who were coming to pass the day with us. They came in the return boat and brought a Miss Blackby with them; also, their servant girl. They appeared to enjoy their visit very much, and I tried hard to make it agreeable to them. Our folks had been fishing the day before, so we had a fish chowder for the first course, which was a new dish entirely to them all. I had to give them full instruction in the art of making chowders. The nicest way that they ever ate fish before, said they all. Then we had stewed pigeons with dumplings, gravy, etc., another Yankee affair, then bread plum pudding. When we are among Romans, we must do as the Romans do, so I did not have my tea made until we had got through dinner, then had it carried on deck and sipped it at our leisure. Captain Greaves brought a book, Judah’s Lion, to Minnie; Mrs. Greaves brought one entitled The Book and Its Story to me. I sold several articles to her that I could spare and gave her some little things which could not be obtained here [New Zealand].

In the afternoon, Samuel and Captain Greaves went onshore with the melodeon [to be sold]. Minnie felt badly, but she had children on board to take up her mind. Her papa told her that he would take it ashore, and if they did not want it, he would bring it back again. When he returned and told her they wanted it, the tears started; but he told her we would soon be home and then he would buy her a new one, which soon pacified her. They were very much pleased with the instrument in the church; it is a far better-sounding instrument than they have had at Akaroa ever before.”

NOTE: On Mary Lawrence’s February 29, 1860 journal entry she wrote: “…Samuel informed me that our melodeon was sold and he was to take it onshore tomorrow. It cost $71 and he has sold it for $125, a very good bargain….”


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