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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 122, July 24-25, 1855

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Identifier: DX03914411

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 122, July 24-25, 1855

Description: Describes his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the Washington.

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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 of 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 conduct 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 remarkably 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 Australia, 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 continue 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 peculiarities 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 intelligence 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,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-07-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Food
Diaries
Ocean travel
Transportation
Travel
Germans
French

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