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Journal Entries written onboard the: Lady Mary Pelham

Friday 8 April 1836

[on board the wrote.]

Liverpool 8th April 1836

Mr Angas


9th Feby 1836 Arrived in Liverpool, saw Capt Ross all appeared very
comfortable – at a future time in speaking of the sheep thought Capt Ross
consider’d them mine as he said there would not be room for them
asked him if he had not been acquainted with their going pr Lady
Mary Pelham before his leaving London he said yes, but he was
told by you there should be no obstruction fo whaling –

– Since the men have been engaged I have now full evidence
they have been given to understand the sheep were mine –
Heard of Mutiny took no notice of it thought it was only
sailors talk – since have heard they meant to take a fitting
night for the occasion to throw the Sheep &c overboard, or as
they termed it to dowse the dirt a term used for the sheep &c

6th April – Present Capt Landers &c Capt Ross said he beleived
still the sheep were mine … I now find the men have been
told the same story – I was very pleased he spoke of it
as it gave me the opportunity to get Mr Hurry to
contradict it – We are now out at Sea …

I now remain

Your humble

But faithful Servant

Cornelius Birdseye

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Friday 3 June 1836

[, on board the wrote.]

Another account of the death of the Chief Mate on the Lady Mary Pelham was included in a letter from Alexander Dawsey, second mate,   to GF Angas, written on 3 June 1836:

To G F Angas Esqr At Sea June 3th 1836


It is with Feelings of some re
-gret I write you stateing the death of Mr I. Doine
Thompson on the 3d of May after about Four days
illness perhapes and I may say unwillingly the
effects of his own Imprudent conduct in a very
excessive use of ardent Spirits which Finally
so undermin’d the nervious system as to cause
Mental derangement in which State he died
every means being used so far as Judgement
and the nature of the circumstances would
afford to recover him but without effect, his
excitement of Mind being Such as to admit
of no Argument that would induce him to
think otherwise, than that he was Surrounded
by the Most horrid Forms and Wretched phan
toms hurrying him into an eternal world, To
this extreme had his Vicious Propensities been
carried, In Fact from the time the Ship left
the River Mersey until death put a period
to His existence, he may truly be said to have
Spent in a State of Intoxication and drunk’ness
clandestinly using alike every Spirit in the
Ship even to a whole case of Wine excepting about
three bottles…
…  Your’s with
every Sentiment of Respect

Very devoted Servt
Alexander Dawsey

On board the Ship
Lady Mary Pelham of the
Cape of Good Hope

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