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me.   I smoke and talk in moderation, and turn in early, getting up
by about 7.
  {21. Saturday.       Damp squally days, some little drizzle falling, but
  22 Sunday.}       more spray, fine and impalpable, but permeating and
wetting everywhere, insomuch that when you, at night, turn into bed,
tis suggestive of the cold water cure.     Yesternight, (I wrote on Sunday,)
was a rough one, the wind and waves in blustrous concert, the
dash of water awesome to hear, and the vessel pitching so suddenly
that I was once aroused as by a fall from a precipice.  Overhead too, was
horrific clamor both of men and foul weather.      No games of  shuffle
board  on mid deck d now, ( tis a sort of ship billiards, chalked com-
partments being marked on the planks, and circular, flat, draught-
shaped pieces of wood are propelled from some short distance into them :)
our Captain superintending, cigar in mouth, and hands in pockets, and
the first cabin passengers playing.     No lying on cabin roofs, under lec
of reversed boats, and beside masts and big iron chimneys, sitting in great
coils of ropes, or smoking on the fire deck.    Below in the fore cabin
are games of whist in progress, and vociferous foreigners are at home in
a congenially unwholesome atmosphere.     Afternoons are dozed away in
berths, and meal hours become grand epochs of the day.     And now
to fellow mortals.    Captain Cavendy is, I guess, an Americanised
German, a tall, sturdy man with short thick beard, and accent and
speech to match, he appears good humored but more of the rough
sailor than gentleman.   The mates are short and keen-looking, crew
American and German, waiters nearly exclusively belonging to the latter
denomination.       There are no great number of first cabin passengers,
and they appear to be mostly from the European Continent.     The notice-
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and sixteen
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Subject:Cavendy, Captain; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship)
Scan Date:2011-02-02


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.