February 1, 1820 – Today we pass the meridean of the Foreign Mission school in Cornwall, Conn. U.S.A., sailing westward 7 or 8 knots an hour. During 24 hours we have made nearly 5 degrees. Our respected Capt. B. says there never could be a better chance to get west, from the cape, and that if this wind should continue another day, he should then be desirous to turn more to the north. (Thaddeus Journal)
Feb. 1st. The wind continues in our favor, carrying us fast from the ‘’stormy Cape”. Our course now is due west—one hundred fifty miles the last twenty-four hours. 0, that we may suitably notice our mercies! (Sybil Bingham)
February 1, Lat. 59 South-within 8 days sail of the regions of perpetual ice. Suffer much from the cold, there being no fire in the cabin, nor are we allowed a foot stove as the Magazine is under us; and consequently it would be running some hazard to admit fire into the cabin. The only way I can keep any way comfortable, is, to roll myself up in my blanket and lie in my berth. It is more than 3 months since I have seen a fire-but tomorrow I have the promise of the old cook that I may go into the Caboose, the place where he cooks our victuals.
O let me entreat you to prize a good fireside and other domestic comforts while you remember Him from whom all your blessings flow. (Lucia Ruggles Holman)
Feb 1. – The weather continues cold & unpleasant. The sun rises at ½ past 3, & sets at ½ past 8. Daylight is to be seen to whole 24 hours. The moon at its greatest altitude forms an angle of 15° with the northern whole horizon. (Samuel Whitney Journal)