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polar voyager from the land of mist and snow, remained in sight for
some hours, its outline becoming clearer to the sight, till night 
closed in and we left it, far away on our rear.             An impromptu
concert occurs in the fore cabin, on this evening, the Germans singing
that queer ditty immortalizing Doctor Isembark, with its  Swiddy-widdy
wim pum pum!  chorus, the  Leathery  burchen ditty (translated in
Longfellow s Hyperion,) and  Vaterland.     I went in for a song
anon, other Britishers following, Stevens, (the man with glazed hat
and sanguine haired sister) doing the bay of Biscay.   We kept it up
till 11, conscious that we were nt in danger of being locked out.
Young Conworth developes very well, does not want sense, albeit there
is a localized Banbury atmosphere about him, (which he ll get rid
of.)     He appears a good fellow, and is now very sunburned.    Our
feeding arrangements are very Deutche still, meat of a high flavor is
not uncommon, the butter is un-touchable, only the bread meriting en-
conium.      Tis said that the Engineers have remonstrated, through their
chief, as to both quantity and quality of the provant.     A German
Artist, a fine days, labouriously works away from the aft-deck,
sketching the vessel.    There are young Americans among the first
cabiners, returning from medical studies.     The Texan tells me his
experience of Europe, how he was drunk continuously at Bremen, and
perplexed by a pious interpreter, who would not translate improprieties
to filles du pave, but would endeavour to convert them.   He has
got one of his Parisian Americans to fudge him certain notes relative to
the Palais d Industrie, that he may not be laughed at on his return
to Corpus Christi.      At dinner table, I am handing a dish to Rey-
nolds, when a Deutche woman darts fork at it, with such emphasis
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page one hundred and twenty-four
Description:Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ''Washington.''
Date:1855-07-29
Subject:Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Music; Ocean travel; Reynolds, Vincent; Stevens, Fred G.; Stevens, Anne W.; 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.