Friday, July 26, 2013

19 June 1859

June 19 - A nice little girl, who, with her parents, came in the Princess Royal from Glasgow, along with us, fell through one of the hatches on the quarter-deck into the intermediate - a descent of nearly twenty feet - but, happily, having fallen on her feet, she sustained but slight injuries, and I was glad to see the little thing running about the same as usual in a couple of days afterwards.
Our Voyage to New Zealand Per the Tornado (by a Glasgow Emigrant) Glasgow Herald December 19, 1859

19th. This morning was dull and cool but fine. The breeze continues at a steady rate. In the afternoon not so good a breeze. This morning we held a prayer meeting on deck. All went well except that our Wesleyan friends were very nervous and asked for the meeting to be closed without their exercising. After dinner we held a class meeting in our mess room but was again interrupted by the Captain's order. In the evening we commenced singing again and in a few minutes the Captain came and in a very dogardly way ordered us to desist. At this Hayter who was giving out the hymn asked for a reason for his conduct, reminding him also that he had in private given us permission. He gave
no reason save that we have already had two services from the churchman and he thought if one was not plenty no number would do. That is a poor lean sickly soul who only wants one meal in a week.
Booth, Thomas. Papers, 1857 - 1859. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/56.

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