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bury being unaccountably nowhere; necessitating researches on the
part of Boutcher and myself to discover that nowhere.     Finally
t was found at the Railroad dep t, on a lonely cart, ransomed,
and transported to the Washington, which lay fuming with im-
patience at the non arrival of the mails.   The Purser chummed
us in a spacious cabin on the after deck, some fifteen berths in it,
three in depth.    I lay on top, Conworth middle, Frenchman be-
low.     There are two windows in top-berths, (one mine,) also a
large square one of over the washing arrangements, which consist is
two basins, with pitchers to match, no soap (for the present,) or
towels.    A chaos of bales and boxes blockade the place.    Passengers,
English, Canadian, American, and German, all thronging on board,
captain and officers busy and curt in response to wild inquirers.
The day sunny and hot, Southampton town bright looking and
folks crowding on deck to see friends off.    By 2 the vessel moves
off, and Boutcher, who stands on the quay for half an hour, with
bolt upright, with tall figure and hawk-like, resolute aspect, waves
hand, and is off.     Slowly we labour down the green Southampton
water, looking on the pleasant shores, the buoys, (one a la Inchcape
Bell,) fort and light house, and presently the coast of the Isle
of Wight is seen.     I talk to Conworth, turn in and have
a two hours doze, (after a rough-and-tumble dinner in the fore-
cabin,) waking up by 5.   Wind dead ahead, very little tossing,
but lots of people sick.   Conworth amongst the number.
  {19.  Thursday.       Fraternization with fellow passengers after
  20.  Friday}       my wont, and shall proceed to securing pen
and ink photographs of some of em.     And firstly of the detail
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and thirteen
Description:Describes his departure from Southampton to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-18
Subject:Boutcher, William; Conworth, William; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):Southampton, [England]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.