Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | April 30, 2014

April 29 [1849 and 1860]

Mary Brewster, SUNDAY [April] 29 [1849]: “The resolution is formed of leaving this sea as soon as possible and steering for the Arctic Ocean. Capt. Purrington on board and spent the afternoon, he is to keep us company till we get out of this sea and then we are to meet somewhere on the Asiatic coast — The Arctic seems a long look but from all accounts there are plenty of whale so perhaps we shall get the ship full and I am willing to go anywhere if it will only shorten the voyage. Come what will I am determined to make the best of it and hope for the best — It seems as if it must be a desolate country, but we are sure that there will be one ship there besides ourselves –“

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Mary Lawrence, [Sun.] APRIL 29 [1860]: “In a few Sabbaths more, Providence permitting, we shall be in our own home, attend public worship in our own church, and enjoy many privileges from which we have been so long deprived. May we enjoy them with thankful hearts. Some with whom we have passed many pleasant Sabbaths and many happy hours have gone before us to the spirit land. How we shall miss them. We have very fine weather today — a nice breeze which Samuel thinks may be the trades. We are almost to the line [equator], and home seems to be very near. Jip is better today; seems to have nearly recovered. Samuel’s side is better also, but he cannot sit but a very few minutes at a time. Made 112 miles.”

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