Hello. My name is Penelope Wade. I'm a tailor and here I am sitting on the dock with my daughter wondering what my future holds for me. In the last few years I've been selling the clothes I have sewn in order to board this ship. Right now I feel anxious, excited and happy waiting to board the ship. I wonder what it will be like in the New World. I feel like I'm starting a whole new life. I feel that today I'm going to turn the other cheek and I'm leading myself into another world. But at the same time, I'm feeling very anxious. I'm not too sure the boat will fit all of the people going to the New World. I can't believe I'm going to another place. I have never been on the ocean. What if things go wrong? What if I starve we death? Will I have to work harder in the New World? I have so many questions. I hope that the journey through the ocean will be safe and we don't run out of food. The dark waters look scary and I hope they do no harm to us. Once I'm in the New World I dream to be free and content. I have brought my sewing tools and my daughter Eliza to help me with my stitchery. I dream that Eliza and I will make beautiful clothes and embroider lovely pictures on them. I wonder if we're going to meet people in the New World. I doubt it though. I'm moving to the New World because I believe I will have more freedom and land. Also because of religious reasons. I just hope everything goes well.
I'm sitting on my bed below the deck in a stuffy room that is extremely small. I feel terrible. Did I really make the right decision by moving to the New World? I know it's too late to ask myself. Eliza and I are homesick, seasick, depressed, bored and starved. Eliza vomited three times today and is sleeping next to me. I don't think we're going to make it to the New World. Two people have passed away and it's only our first month on this ship. I don't know how long it will take us to reach. The ship has been through one storm and it was terrifying. The ship swayed heavily and almost knocked me down. The ship is still rocking and it won't stop.I should have chosen to stay in Europe with my husband John and not have brought Eliza with me. I'm regretting myself. We are scarce of food and that is why Eliza is ill. I fear my poor Eliza will not make it.
Alas! Those two months on the ship were awful but Eliza and I finally made it to the New World! I was wrong. We are so happy that we are off the ship. Now we are free! I am so excited. Unfortunately, a few people passed away on the ship and I don't think we came at the right time in the year. It's winter right now and we haven't grown any food yet. I wonder how we will survive. Eliza and I are trying to find shelter and the farmers are trying to grow food quickly before it's too late! Now that I'm here Eliza and I are sure we are going to make fine stitchery and clothes. Right now Eliza and I are helping our colony by stitching new clothes. I'm missing Europe very much though I know we will do well in the New World.
I am doing pretty good here but I still have some doubts. We don't have enough food to survive the winter so our colony had a town meeting. We discussed about the things we could have done about this situation all though it was like. We are planning to trade the Native's some gold in order to have some more food. Also, Instead of just growing crops we are going to hunt animals to have meat. I'm not too sure the Native's will trade us but we will try our very best. I met a very kind Native named Mikayla and she helped us build our shelter. The sanitation here isn't great but It's still okay. We have five people ill and we are trying our best to treat them. Right now, Eliza and I are trading the fur-traders for their fur to keep warm and for the clothes. We are still getting used to this new place.
Oh no! The native's did not accept our trade. What are we going to do?! Our colony has sent some people to other tribe's to trade for food but so far three people have came back unsuccessfully. Our colony was reported that one person from our colony encountered an unexpected Native group and had got shot by one of their arrows! The others haven't arrived yet and we really hope that we get food from the Natives. The farmers are going wild and growing crops every hour of the day and the tanner's are hunting animals like crazy. In these last two weeks everyone has been all over the place. It's bizarre! Oh my lord, let us survive this winter!
Daily life is pretty steady. Eventually one problem comes up but we get over it. This is how my routine goes every day: Waking up to start a new day, doing my prayers with Eliza, occasionally showering, eating breakfast, start making and stitching clothes;embroidering throughout the day and trading till tea time. Then Eliza and I go to town meetings if needed and then we make supper. That is probably a typical day in my life. Conditions have changed these several months. Our colony has made friends with a native tribe. Our colony trades with them daily. Eliza and I are healthy and we're having a lot of success. A lot of people are buying our clothes and we are trading a lot of clothes. We have traded our clothes for all kinds of things. Chickens, meat, fur and I even got some money from a lady. Both Eliza and I are in good shape. I feel that we will have a great life in this New World.