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the kicked Steward is sulky as a dyspeptic devil, and talks spitefully,
nor is his temper improved by a few remarks from Stansfield, on the
absurdity of it.
  {24.  Tuesday       Squally weather for the most part; mornings
  25.  Wednesday}       of blended rain and driving spray, combined with
vicious head winds, which occasionally slackening or veering to another
quarter, sometimes tempt the putting forth of a side sail only to result
in its almost immediate withdrawal.     Our Eighth day finds us not
yet half way across the Atlantic.     Passengers discover the monotony
of a sea voyage, lie  twixt sleep and awake in their berths of afternoons,
play cards in the fore-cabin, or drift here and there into fragmentary
converse with one another.     Sea-sickness has become a thing of the
past, our latest convalescents being  the Doctor,  and Newcombe.  Between
the former and the Deal-born Briton, a slight quarrel, originating
in a dispute at cards has occurred; and much funniment been evolved
therefrom, each adversary being confidentially informed of valorous and
bloodthirsty intentions on the part of the other.               Two young Deutsche
varlets scampering about on the top of the vessel, yester-evening, sound
the bell which signals the immediate stoppage of the engines,   hence
results a rope partition making sacred from passengers part of the
roof promenade.       Our meals are temporarily better served, but
the materials continue to be rather adapted to Germanic than English
taste; the Teutonic stomach being verily no squeamish one, as I, 
dining oe day at the nether end of the table among the Deutchers, have
an opportunity of seeing.   Small and ravenous boys plaster inconceivable
quantities of butter on hard biscuit, coarse skinned and indifferently
washed seniors wallow in greasy pork and strongly scented, half warm,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-one
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-23
Subject:Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hyde, William; Newcombe, Nelson; 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.