June 19. Tuesday. Pacific. Lat. 9-36. Lon.88. Distance sailed since yesterday256 miles. We saw flying fishtoday. The first officer says theyare good for food, and will sometimesalight on small vessels, wherethey cannot rise again, and so aretaken and used by the sailors.June 20. Wednesday. Lat. 11-44. Lon. 91.45. Distance sailed 263 miles.Today we saw some large spermwhales. They kept along with usfor some distance.June 21. Thursday. Lat. 14-16 Lon. 95-37Distance sailed 280 miles. Todayis my own dear Father's birthday.He has now reached his fortiethyear. How many thoughts ofJune 21. home and friends possess me, at therecollection of this anniversary. YetI cannot say that they are sad ones.I think of the home I have now left,grateful to my dear parents forall the care I have received, andthe pleasure I have there enjoyed,only to hope that my future homemay be the same to me, while Iam being much more useful,as the loving wife of my kind husband.I sincerely hope I maynever be aught else to him.June 22. Lat. 15 Lon. 100 Distance150 miles from Mexico atAcapulco. We arrived here about1 o'clock. We passed through a verynarrow entrance into the harbor.
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