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  23.  Monday.   Since midday yesterday we have had pleasant-
ish weather, sunlight occasionally, and no rain or dampening spray.
The morning passed as usual, in reading, smoking, miscellanous
converse, and loafing about, but after dinner a great epoch occurred.
T was noised about that a general meeting of the Second Class pas-
sengers was to be holden in the fore cabin, there to denounce the present
style of provant, and to intimate to the Captain a desire for better.
Now as there is cause of complaint, as the salt beef is decidedly hor-
sey, as the potatoes are ancient and uneatable, as soup made from
dishcloths was once served up at table, and as no water appears at
dinner, only being procurable by private entreaty of friendly waiters,  
I for one, was willing to go in for the meeting.     Halsey we made
chairman, and a pretty good cabin full of people got together, of diffe-
rent nations.    I led off with preliminary speech, others joined in,
the jist of each was translated to the Germans and French; and fi-
nally a deputation, consisting of Halsey, Stansfield, myself, the
Americanised German, another German and a Frenchman were nomi-
nated to wait upon the Captain, while the meeting remained en
performance to await our report.     We penetrated to the aft saloon,
Captain preferred walking forward on deck, Halsey said a few words,
leaving me to do the talking, consequently I went in for it, Stans
field backing up well.   Captain got out of temper, and a very stormy
scene ensued; Captain talked like a pig headed, illogical, and irate
Dutchman, denied truth of complaints, said  twas a row provoked 
by two or three, spoke of satisfaction of former passengers &c cooling
as he progressed.   Others struck in a little, but Stansfield and I
had to do all the raving.     Steward had up, and Steward, in dread
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and nineteen
Description:Describes a meeting onboard the ''Washington'' to discuss the poor quality of food offered to the passengers, and a subsequent argument with the Captain about it.
Date:1855-07-23
Subject:Cavendy, Captain; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halsey, Charles; Ocean travel; Stansfield, Henry; Transportation; Travel; Washington (Ship)
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.