Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | July 4, 2014

4th July 1849

Mary Brewster, WEDNESDAY [JULY] 4th [1849]: “Pleasant clear weather wind from North — Capt. Moore, Mr. Martin, Mr. Linsley, and Doct — passed the day on board left at 11 o’clock had a very pleasant visit. Saw a ship, sent the boat to see who it was, proved to be General Scott New London — whale — On their return they landed and brought me some very pretty flowers. I had no thought that there was such a thing as a flower [on snowy land], from the ship I can see only snow but the snow has disappeared in spots and these bloom shortly after they appear above ground. They are red, yellow, and white blossoms alike and resemble the virginia [bluebells?] — but have no fragrance.”

Pictured above: Perhaps this plant (which looks very much like a Virginia bluebell) was what Mary Brewster was referring.

NOTE: During July 1849, while in the Bering Sea, Mary Brewster made daily journal entries through July 18th. After that, her entries were more sporadic.

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Mary Lawrence’s husband’s ship, the Addison arrived at her homeport of New Bedford, MA at sunrise on June 14, 1860.



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