The Discarded Daughter or Children of the Isle by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte (E.D.E.N.) Southworth

June 27th

Another beautiful day. The weather is getting to be rather hot, thermometer registering 83 degrees. However, this is very bearable but when it is up to 93 to 100 degrees we shall find fans very necessary. Our wind has been better for the last two days – yesterday made 172 miles, today I hope we shall make 180 or more. The more wind the better, if it is only to steady our ship which keeps up a constant roll. Yesterday was the Sabbath, we spent it as usual.

Had some trouble with Willie before his morning nap. His father had to whip him. We both dislike much to resort to this manner of punishment but he was very naughty and perverse. I trust it will have a good and lasting effect. When he woke up yesterday I went directly to him. He put his arms round my neck and kissed me again and again. I asked him if he did not want to love and kiss dear papa and his “yes” was very ready. I carried him to the Cabin where his father was waiting and the little fellow’s greeting was most affectionate. He knew his punishment was necessary and had been done in love for him and his little heart manifested no other feeling than that of love.

Last evening Williams read aloud a sermon by Mr. Weiss of New Bedford occasioned by the death of Daniel Webster. It was most unsatisfactory and lukewarm – neither the one thing nor the other, anything but clear. We, of course, did not like it.

Yesterday I commenced a letter to Mary. I doubt if my letter will amount to much. This continuous rolling makes it difficult to write.

Just after dinner Williams was called out to the assistance of a Chinese robbed of $400. Search was instantly made and the missing property soon found stowed away in some corner. From appearances I should think the money of the Chinese must change hands very frequently. They gamble from morning till night. I never go on deck without seeing gambling parties. 

Commenced reading the “Discarded Daughter, or Children of the Isle”. It is interesting as all this author’s works, but like them, all overwrought and unnatural.