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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 124, July 26-29, 1855

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Identifier: DX03916181

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 124, July 26-29, 1855

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


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 [Henry Wadsworth] Longfellow's Hyperion,) and "Vaterland." I went in for a song anon, other Britishers following, [Fred G.] Stevens, (the man with glazed hat and sanguine haired sister [Anne W. Stevens]) doing the bay of Biscay. We kept it up till 11, conscious that we were'nt in danger of being locked out. Young [William] 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 enconium. '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 [Vincent] Reynolds, when a Deutche woman darts fork at it, with such emphasis

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Food
Ocean travel


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