Lords Day, Oct. 24 – This morning in a comfortable health offered the morning sacrifice, and lifted up a song of praise. “Welcome sweet day of rest.”
While lying at ancher 10 miles from Boston, the Treas. of the A.B.C.F.M. came on board with an additional supply of provisions and stores for our voyage, for which we had found occasion to send back. The promtitude with which our wants are supplied, calls forth our gratitude and encourages us to go forward to our work with more cordial reliance on the providence of God, and on the affectionate, seasonable and efficient aid of our patrons.
Having again taken an affectionate leave of the treasurer and some other friends, weighed anchor at one o’clock P.M. and at 2 sent letters ashore by the pilot – before evening most of the mission family began to be seriously seasick. (Thaddeus Journal)
October 24, 1819
(O)n the passengers examining their stores, they found a short supply of that article at day light Capt. Blanchard went up to Boston at 11 am (October 24, 1819). Captain Blanchard returned from town with a supply of bread & spirits for the missionaries. (James Hunnewell Log)
October 24, 1819
To you my dear Parents, I cheerfully dedicate these pages: whatever may be interesting, or afford you comfort at some future period, I shall record with pleasure. Yesterday I left my native land, and have now gazed upon it for the last time. While receding from my sight I could not but exclaim, farewell beloved country, and thrice beloved friends. I bid you all adieu!
Home, that dearest sweetest spot,” where I have spent so many happy hours, the remembrance of which will ever afford me much pleasure; I cheerfully bid you adieu. Yes, dear as is that humble mansion and those beloved friends, whom I shall ever love with the strongest ties of natural affection, I can willingly part with you all, if I may but bear a humble part in promoting the glory of God, and be used as an instrument in carrying the glad tidings of salvation to the perishing heathen.
Many and great as are the sacrifices which I have made, I do not regret my undertaking. The souls of the heathen appear precious, infinitely more so than all this world’s good. O that Christians possessed more of a spirit of disinterested benevolence. Were this the case, they would pray with more fervency that Christ’s Kingdom may come; and while their souls were listed to God in prayer for the destitute and needy, their hands would be contributing for their relief. Such must, and will be the case, before the whole world will be filled with the knowledge and glory of God.” (Mercy Partridge Whitney Journal)
24 Sabbath. – This morning we were under the necessity of sending on shore for some provisions left by mistake. Captain B and Esq. Evarts came off and brought a supply, Sent a letter on shore by Esq. E for B Smith. Weighed anchor at 12 oclock and at 4 the shores of my beloved country sunk in the western horizon. Were it not for the prospect of doing my Father’s will, this would be an overwhelming crisis. Owing to much confusion we have had no service today. (Samuel Whitney Journal)