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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 127, July 30-31, 1855

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Identifier: DX03918836

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 127, July 30-31, 1855

Description: Describes his fellow passengers aboard the Washington.

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and the complaints of a tortured accordion. I have more talks with Bowles (Robert,) of Clarks Hill, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Fishing boats are seen, some porpoises, and far away a steamboat, distinguishable mostly by a dim, dim haze proceeding from its chimney. Children and women hitherto unseen appear. An Irishwoman with excruciating brogue volunteers voluminous confidences to everybody, on the subject of her leaving her husband, (to ruin himself "wid dhrink and dissolute faymales,") while she returned to Brooklyn. Aboard, there is an whole English family, consisting of a short, stout, gaitered old man, his son with wife and children, one of the little girls being very pretty, and having an exquisite profile. They are from Boston, Lincolnshire, and go to Rochester N. Y., the son, a burly, middle aged-man, with farming intentions. With them is a relative, a stout, country spoken young fellow, a worker in iron, for rail road matters. One of the ships officers, an individual in gold laced cap and whiskers, becomes noticeable in conjunction with a first cabin damsel, much promenading taking place, in which the ladys green slippers are prominent, and her Bloomer hat blows about continuously. Three girls with two younger brothers are said to be crossing the Atlantic alone, they sit much in the fore-deck, dress in black; one has good feet, Jewish lips and nose, and snubs her brothers unnecessarily. I, at solicitation pen a few sentences indicative of the general disgust and dissatisfaction of passengers, as to provant, [Vincent] Reynolds copies it out fairly, and goes round for signatures, plenty being forthcoming.

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Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1855-07-30

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Ocean travel
Transportation
Travel
Women
Irish

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