Joshua Wilson was a great bear of a tar who had a particular distinction. Your usual tar, when he is ashore and in money, never gives it thought beyond his next breath. Wilson always set aside the biggest end of it to have sent back to his wife, then he would go out and kick up Bob's a dyin' with the rest. I never knew him to go with a bum boat girl either. If the officer's had a young Mid to run an errand ashore they often sent Wilson along to keep him out of trouble. He was what they called a "responsible man".
- James Cullen, Remembrances of Eight years before the Mast, 1834.