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sophisticate mish-mash of sour krout.    Dubious meat of gamey flavor
is bolted sans qualm, dishes of prunes and dried apples are half emptied
on single plates, and never a scrap appears left on table when the
ventri-potent Germans arise.  The women mostly affect the second
table, making a sitting room of the hatchway above the stairs which con-
duct to the fore cabin; where they simmer in the omni-present reek of
ever cooking dinners.     One of the Frenchman in our cabin has a re-
markably mouldy and mice-like smell.               I find that the original
mover of our Indignation meeting is a young fellow of quietly wide-awake
appearance, whom at first I d supposed to be a traveller Londoner.  He
sports a glazed cap, a perpetual cigar, and decanter suit than is generally
worn aboard ship.   He s Canadian born, has recently returned from Austra-
lia, where he s been at the diggings, sold revolvers, and been engaged in the
riots there.   He remarked to me, apropos of Kansas and Nebraska
that it would pay to  run  a cargo of slaves, from Africa, just now.  He
may be 21, is spare in figure, and has a bit of mustache.       To con-
tinue my  Washington  portrait Gallery.   A thin, bright eyed Indiana
man, English only in birth and parentage, who since then has only once,
and that just recently visited the old country.  He has some land, a
wife and children, is shrewd and observant, and alive to the pecu-
liarities of English and American character.  He has a Tom Paineish
book, which he reads, tells me much of himself, and life on the Wabash,
and that his father is a deist.    He speaks nasally, started in life
self helpful, is well to do (though working hard for it,) and in intelli-
gence is above the average of his class.             A thin, tall, Irish faced
Texan, of Corpus Christi, who on the day of starting was conspicuous 
among the Germans.   He came out  on a spree  in the Washington,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-two
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-25
Subject:Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ocean travel; 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.