March 12, 1820 – Lord’s Day. – Held our meeting below. When the hand bell rung for public service on deck, a sudden change of wind and a shower prevented it, so that we repaired to the cabin and enjoyed a favored season where we believe the giver and hearer of prayer has often been present.
The voice of opposition today, tho’ painful, gives us cheering evidence that the spirit of God has begun a good work which we devoutly hope and pray may be carried on in the case of the affair before mentioned. We occasion to rejoice in the assurance that the wrath of men shall be made to praise our God and that the remainder he will restrain. How weak and insignificant are honor, wisdom and power when opposed to the allwise and omnipotent Jehovah. (Thaddeus Journal)
12th. Still very hot but are all contented and happy. (Samuel Ruggles)
12. – It been calm today brothers B & T with several of our company went into the water to bathe. They had but just entered the ship again when a large shark was seen plying around the vessel. It was caught, and on being opened a large bone was found which was thrown overboard at the very time when our friends were bathing. Had they continued in the water a few minutes longer there is little doubt but that some of them would have lost their lives. I should have been in the company had it not been for sporting with the feelings of one I love. – (Samuel Whitney Journal)