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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 125, July 26-31, 1855

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Identifier: DX03917066

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 125, July 26-31, 1855

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


as to upset dish, and chip a piece out of adjacent saucer. Whereupon [Vincent] Reynolds remonstrates beginning with "My good woman, if you were born in a pig-pen — ! !" Little Doctor [William] Hyde developes more and more, as a character. He has seventeen coats, a stereoscope (adapted for photographs,) dried herbs and flowers, and an impracticable invention, which he, in England has been patenting. 'Tis a boat-trunk life-preserving-business, of which he has a model, — the original to be six feet in length. [Michael] Nethersol, (the young Briton in blue,) and he are friends, and the Doctor is chaffed, pulled about, and has practical jokes played upon him by everybody. [Henry] Stansfield tells me that that is but half his name, the final one being Halstead. Our mornings are sometimes very fine, but no desirable winds prevail; the sunlight playing on the water with a dancing reflection, suggestive when looked upon by half closed eyes, of short silk. A vessel has been seen, far off, conjectured to be a steamboat. We are aroused once, at early morn, by [Nelson] Newcombe shrieking out like an eagle, in consequence of the sailors, who are washing the exterior of our cabin, playing a stream of water into the open window. Whereupon everybody has to wake, yell, or swear, till the window's put up.

To Tuesday. the 31st, We are now, it is said, within little more than two days distance from New York. 'Tis a misty, clammy morning, succeeding a very warm day, which fittingly heralded our coming experience of trans-Atlantic sunlight. The ocean lay a smooth plain, rippling in the sunlight, but little wind stirring, and that favourable to our course. There exists an ever present feeling that the intervening days are nuisances and

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-07-26

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ocean travel


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