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at land for four   it may be six months.     Went below, pitch
darkness and a blockade of people at their dinner.  A long, low
narrow table, moveable at pleasure, (being I think suspended ) and
all the emigrants crowded seated or standing around it, getting relays
of very salt beef and hard biscuit.          A hand on my shoulder.
Its Joe.  Father & the rest had left   all taken leave of him.
So he got his portion of beef, and buiscuit and going round to the
side of the vessel where his berth was, ate it, I sitting beside him.
Rather dismal was the good fellow, and naturally enough.     On deck
and off for sundry drinks, then aboard again, and presently the big
ship began to move out.     I shook hands & bid God speed him,
and waited half an hour or more, looking at the thronged vessel
with those hoping souls within her.       It was a grand sight,   sad
withal, yet hopeful.         Sturdy young, active men for the most part
were the voyagers to the Land of Gold,   some two hundred
numbering the crew.     Bright beautiful sky overhead, golden
light on mast, rigging and water, New York never looked fairer,
there on deck stood the throng of fellows looking out at it, bidding
it farewell.           I got on a tall post and when, the vessel
being fairly out, the folks set up a cheer, hurrahed mightily
yet with a sorrowful feeling at heart for  Joe.       I hope he ll
have luck.              Crossed to Brooklyn, back, supped at
the  Live & let Live ,  met Martin, and to my room.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page thirty-nine
Description:Describes the departure of Joe Greatbatch for Australia on the ''Ocean Eagle.''
Subject:Food; Greatbatch, Joe; Greatbatch, Joseph; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Martin; Ocean Eagle (Ship)
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.