Nautical Terms
The Sea Serpent

May 29th

The vessels of yesterday have disappeared but another ship is in sight some distance to our left. We have gained on her very much this morning. We are now sailing to the northeast by east, sailed this direction through the night. This morning for a few hours we sailed to the westward. I hope the wind will now prove more steady. If so, we must very soon reach port.

This morning Williams read as usual the morning services and several chapters from Job. How lofty is the tone of some of those chapters – quite sublime. Williams’ ear continues better. If he does not take cold in it, it will probably be well in two or three days. Colin continues most surprisingly well. Was up and on deck before I left my room this morning. Willie for a wonder got up wrong this morning. I trust he will wake from his morning nap in a more happy frame of mind. Today, thus far, he has been somewhat like an April day, showers of tears followed by bright sunshine, but it is seldom the little kittie is thus. It is perfectly astonishing how so young a child loves to be read to and talked with. He is ever ready to listen and gives you his undivided attention and his memory retains just about everything he hears. It is my intention to regularly teach Willie till he is full six years old. As it is, he learns of his own accord more than I care to have him.

Williams has just taken his observation – 113 miles directly on our way. If the wind continues three easy days sail will take us into port. The ship in sight this morning proved to be the “Independence”, one of Mr. Hathaway’s ships from New York bound to San Francisco. She sailed from New York before we arrived there from China – a terribly long voyage and yet Williams tells me that for a long time she was the fastest and finest ship sailing out of New York Harbor. We passed her very close and like a streak.