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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 118, July 21-22, 1855

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Identifier: DX03910874

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 118, July 21-22, 1855

Description: Describes his fellow passengers aboard the Washington.


[Nelson] Newcombe. He has crossed the Atlantic some six times, and “is generally ill all the way.” Two Frenchman who don’t appear to know each other or any one else, one of whom promenades the deck in a sort of capote, with Algerine hood to it; the other is only noticeable for getting in the way when you want to enter, or leave, the cabin, and being constantly consuming cigars. A clumsily shaped, large faced Englishman with a scanty fringe of red whisker around a stolid, [words crossed out] sensual face countenance, reads the “Mysteries of the Court,” (by his namesake [Vincent] Reynolds) pretty constantly. He is also assiduous in his attentions to the Englishmet women forwards, plays whist, and goes Canada-wards. A shortish, black whiskered, high complexioned, crisp looking, English-born New Yorker; owns houses and lot on the 8th Avenue, deals in land and house speculations, has lived in the States over twenty years, and is wealthy. He is returning from six weeks in the island of Jersey, where his old parents dwell, and has a family of ten or twelve. A partially bold, good humored, ripple faced little man, excessively English in everything, bound for Springhill, Ohio, and known as Doctor [William] Hyde. He is queer in health and, as yet, has not ventured below. A youthful Gallic german, with projecting chin, ingenuous and polite, has a case-bottle of excellent cognac, which he don’t like, and proffers to people. A young-squire looking fellow, born at Deal, his parents being wine and spirit sellers there, dresses in blue cloth with red flannel shirt, and jockeyish cap, is well looking, short in stature, innocent of knowledge of the great world, and indignant at the prices demanded for ale at the dinner table. He goes Canada-wards, with undefined intentions. A Baltimore dwelling, Americanised German, shrewd and well informed as to transatlantic politics, — of course a democrat.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-21

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Ocean travel


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