My Last Dark Day
The Boston Gazette for May 22, , contains a preliminary account of the event highlighted in On the Dark Day , tucked into war and shipping notices:. The Printers acknowledge their Incapacity of describing the Phaenomenon [ sic ] which appeared in this Town on Friday last, and shall therefore leave it to Astronomers whose more particular Business it is.
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The Inhabitants were obliged to dine by the Light of the Candle. Such a Phaenomenon was never before seen here by the oldest Person living.
My Last Dark Day
We have already heard of its extent as far as Greenwich, in the State of Rhode-Island, and as far as Portsmouth, in the state of New-Hampshire, which is about miles. The same day a more informed reporter explained that rain had brought down smoke from burning trees. Sign In Don't have an account?
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Now you are next. It did not disperse until the middle of the next night. The darkness was not witnessed in Pennsylvania. We were here [New Jersey] at the time the "dark day" happened, 19th of May; it has been said that the darkness was not so great in New-Jersey as in New-England. How great it was there I do not know, but I know that it was very dark where I then was in New-Jersey; so much so that the fowls went to their roosts, the cocks crew and the whip-poor-wills sung their usual serenade; the people had to light candles in their houses to enable them to see to carry on their usual business; the night was as uncommonly dark as the day was.
The earliest report of the darkness came from Rupert, New York , where the sun was already obscured at sunrise. Professor Samuel Williams observed from Cambridge, Massachusetts , "This extraordinary darkness came on between the hours of 10 and 11 a.leutiotiperc.tk
My Last Dark Day by Barbara Huffert
A witness reported that a strong sooty smell prevailed in the atmosphere, and that rain water had a light film over it that was made up of particles of burnt leaves and ash. For several days before the Dark Day, the Sun as viewed from New England appeared to be red, and the sky appeared yellow. While the darkness was present, soot was observed to have collected in rivers and in rain water, suggesting the presence of smoke.
Also, when the night really came in, observers saw the Moon colored red. For portions of New England, the morning of May 19, , was characterized by rain, indicating that cloud cover was present. Since communications technology of the day was primitive, most people found the darkness to be baffling and inexplicable. Many applied religious interpretations to the event. In Connecticut , a member of the Governor's council renamed Connecticut State Senate in , Abraham Davenport , became most famous for his response to his colleagues' fears that it was the Day of Judgment :.
I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty.
I wish therefore that candles may be brought. One Seventh-day Adventist , Arthur S.