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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 123, July 24-29, 1855

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Identifier: DX03915296

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 123, July 24-29, 1855

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

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talks of having squandered many dollars at Bremen, and says he employs some hundreds of people in Texas. A civil, common-faced Englishman [Fred G. Stevens] of the lower order; who with his sister [Anne W. Stevens], a plump, short, conversable, accessible young woman, attired in black, goes Canada Chicago-wards. With this girl, and one of her cabin companions, a big woman with reddish hue and coarsely-good profile, does [Vincent] Reynolds strive to be intimate, drifting to and fro on deck with them and of evenings, and tis said he has been seen in their cabin. The big woman is country-born, as her accent tells, and expects to be greeted in New York by an admirer from Toronto, who is to deprive her of the virgin name of Smith; of this however she talks but little. With her and Miss Pineger, (the girl in black,) consorts a chattyish, demi-sharp girl, whose red hair is scanty down the middle; and whose brother is a hearty sailor like man wearing a low crowned, glazed hat, cloth coat and check suit. He has been east and west, on many seasons, and now, with his sister, goes to Canada. Certain Deutche girls are there, said to be four, bound for New York, of whom it is whispered that they are destined for brothel-life, the procureess being among the first cabin passengers. Some of them have agreeable faces, and glossy smooth hair, but for the most part they are coarse skinned, and ugly footed.

To Sunday, the 29th. Thursday and Friday proved unusually chilly days, insomuch that it was generally conjectured that ice bergs were in our vicinity, and indeed, on the evening of the latter day we say saw, away to the north west, on the verge of the horizon, a squat-pyramidically shaped mass, which might have been mistaken for a low lying cloud or distant mountain. This

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-07-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Brothels
Diaries
Ocean travel
Prostitutes
Transportation
Travel
Women
Germans
Icebergs

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