December 11, 1819 – no entry. (Thaddeus Journal)
Sabbath – 11th.
A calm and pleasant morning; had religious exercises in the cabin, and in the evening public services on deck. Brother T’s text, Be not conformed to this world. Alas^ what are the honors and pleasures- of the world, which soon pass away. Daily experience teaches me more & more that this earth cannot afford any solid peace of rest to the immortal mind. Since called from my maternal abode I have felt myself in a peculiar sense a wanderer; no where at home.-
Oh when shall I see Jesus
And dwell with him above
And from that flowing fountain,
Drink everlasting love! (Samuel & Nancy Ruggles)
Dec. 11. We have caught some fresh water, and I have attempted to wash a little. I find it very difficult to do much on board a vessel. I have reason to be thankful, that so much of my work was accomplished previous to sailing, and that necessity obliges me to do no more while here. This is likewise rather in unfavourable situation, to make much progress in study. But I hope we may improve our time and such a manner that at the end of our voyage we may have no occasion to say, it has been misspent. (Mercy Partridge Whitney Journal)