November 9, 1819 – A vessel hove in sight and much joy was felt in hope of being able to send a line to our friends, but were not favored with the privilege. Still progressing outward and North for several days.
Lat. 38. 27. Lon. (Thaddeus Journal)
Nov. 9th. Have been seventeen days on board. Hitherto the good hand of our GOD has been upon us. Our passage has been rough, our way, when contrasted with tender nursing in the bosom of our friends, has been hard; but our hearts have been kindly supported, so that it has not been dark. Sea-sickness has been severe upon most, yet not so much so as upon many who have gone before us.
As to myself, it has been slight—have felt a degree of strength enabling me to render some little attentions to my dearest friend, still weak and feeble. Privileged have I been in it. We have not been able to enter into any systematic improvement of time, but have it in prospect. 0, to do my part towards composing a well regulated Mission family I We have experienced a gale which caused our little bark to be tossed upon the tempestuous ocean. Danger did not seem immediately threatening, tho we suffered much inconvenience. How would a voyage at sea teach us our continual dependence, were we not so slow to learn ! Have had our hearts refreshed by public worship, on deck, the two last sabbaths—first sabbath prevented by loosing anchor in the harbor, rapid progress of sea-sickness, etc. Yesterday much joy on board at sight of a vessel, hoping it were bound homeward. It proved not so. It probably will be long ere our friends hear. (Sybil Bingham)