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of the Captain, tells a deliberate lie, asserting there s always ice-water
on table at dinner.  Six voices rebuke him, Captain slaps his face and
kicks him in the rear.    He was a very wafer of a man, and every
body didn t like to see the big Captain hit him, and every body says
so.   Captain justifies himself, and goes below,   we follow.   Captain
is supposed to be rowing the Stewards &c, won t come into the fore-cabin,
having already put his head in, and seen the meeting assembled.  I
have to address  em, reporting details, others speak also, (a quiet sort
of Canadian Clergyman among them,) and finally  tis resolved that
we constitute ourselves a jury on future dinners, our verdict to be ren-
dered when in sight of New York, and if unfavourable to be echoed 
in the New York, Southampton, and Bremen papers.     Meeting breaks
up, passengers congregate about in knots, Captain appears very much 
porked-up, and there s quite an assemblage of gold bonded caps on the
mid-deck.  Captain puffs his cigar in disturbed manner, and gesticu-
lates energetically in conversation with mates or purser, is afterwards seen
moodily looking downwards into the engine room.  Many eyes are turned
to the paddle box here the two who wide-awake hats appertaining to my
self and Stansfield are seen, we evidently being regarded as the  mouth
pieces of meeting .     But at supper time, the tables contents are of
better quality, there are big pitchers of water and glasses, and bread
(not buiscuit alone,) with a clean table cloth.   And the Captain appears
making a halting, but conciliatory speech, (principally addressed to Stans-
field and myself,) intimating that everything is to be properly done in
future,  if not we re to appeal to him.  His feelings, he says have
been rather damaged by the fact of our getting up a meeting,   but he
wishes us to be well cared for &c &c            Supper is a great success, but
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty
Description:Describes a meeting onboard the ''Washington'' to discuss the poor quality of food offered to the passengers.
Date:1855-07-23
Subject:Cavendy, Captain; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; 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.