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ancient potatoes, occasional hominy, bread, buiscuit and no pastry.
Very few persons appear at this, or other meals for the first day or
so, sickness being general.     I and another are the only exceptions
in our cabin, the ocean only developing in me, (as usual) a great capa-
city for eating and sleeping.    Conworth bears it indifferently well, but
taketh little nutriment as yet, nor ventures down stairs to meals.
I let him alone when sick, cheer him when well, and can Friday
evening, leaning over the stern of the steamer, we talk of his folks,
and of George and Dick Bolton.     Conworth believes that George, if
not his brother, will follow in the ensuing spring, that he ll marry
Sarah Conworth, while his friend John will do the like with Sarah
Ann Bolton.               Supper appears at 6, and proves a weak version
of breakfast, sans steak &c.               Hithero we have made but mode-
rate progress, head winds prevailing almost constantly, so that scarcely
has an attempt at hoisting a sail been made.     The great paddles
plash round in monstrous regularity, but the throbbing pulsation of
the engine is scarcely noticeable in our after cabin.  Nor does the ship
roll from side to side at all, but constantly rises and falls, fore and
aft, now high up above the horizon s sea line, now dipping far
below it.   Some one or two vessels have we seen, and gulls and
sea birds gyrate about, leisurely cleaving the air as a skilful swim-
mer the water, with easy decisive sweep of wing.    Charred
coal clings with moist blackness on the stern parts of the vessel, its
fore deck is wet with driving spray.     I ve read through  Eothen ,
(which Dick Bolton presented to me, purchasing it at the Railroad
Dep t on starting,) and think it just the best written book on the
East, yet; and am going in for Captain Can t, which has been lent to
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and fifteen
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-20
Subject:Bolton, George; Bolton, Richard; Bolton, Sarah Ann; Conworth, John; Conworth, Sarah (Bolton); Conworth, William; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship)
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

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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.