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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 173, December 20, 1860

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Identifier: DX01388711

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 173, December 20, 1860

Description: Describes his voyage aboard the Marion to Charleston, South Carolina.

Transcription:

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The Captain [Samuel Whiting], the Sea and the Sky.

[Read]ing and lazying awhile subsequently, then on deck to improve acquaintance with fellow passengers. The Captain, Sam Whiting, had been to the Arctic seas in search of Dr Kane, and had written and lectured on it. He took us into his cabin, by the wheel house and showed us poetry of his composing, of average common-place merit, among other productions a pro-secession, anti-northern song, advocating dis-union and charging the responsibility of it upon the republican party. He was indeed a self-satisfied, approbative old squirt, as events subsequently demonstrated. Throughout the day the weather continued rough, the wind blowing fiercely, making stormy music against the ship and rigging, but ending in a fine sunset, with great bars of red light in the western horizon and black or slaty-green water, tipped with foam below. Anon the stars shone out, bright and beautiful, especially those constituting the belt of Orion, and, near the ocean line, Aldeboran, the which was pointed out to me by an old sea-captain passenger who had looked often on the Southern cross and “With many tempests had his beard been shake.” I sat on the forward deck, near the big chimney, enjoying the spectacle, and thinking of Homer’s

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-12-20

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Diaries
Poetry
Ocean travel
Secession
Travel

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