What is a Clipper Ship?

February 22nd

Cloudy, but a warm, pleasant day with a better wind. Willie darling has been quite unwell today I think certainly he has the whooping cough and I am very thankful that he is on the broad ocean with it. From present appearances I think he would suffer much if in New York, and Williams does not seem much better. Dear Williams, I love not to see him look so feeble and grave; I seldom now see one of his beautiful smiles. When I think of it I do not wonder,  for he feels the responsibility of this vessel, great even in good health, and now, much more while feeling so weak and miserable.