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Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])

Cedarburg (Wis) September 25, 1846,   pp. [1]-23 PDF (8.9 MB)


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Drinking and dancing booths; beer, wine and all kinds of halls; carousels,
swings, organs, and many harps; the marksmen in green smocks and green hats,
cutlass at their sides, shot and missed often; in short great preparations
had been made, but had I only seen a joyful face in or any carefree happisness;
the people walked as if they were in a waxwork exhibitation representing
biblical history.
 We sat in a drinking room and drank German gooseberrry wine, and time hung
heavy upon us pro patria until ten o'clock in the evening when we reaturend
in teh same state of happiness as when we arrived.  I have acquired great
respect for a Bremer fold festival where the priveilege of wearing a red
ribbon in one's button hole costs a Bremer a dollar per day.  That is a very
costly festival for the people, but I must continue.
 Monday morning I had to do considerable runnign around to buy various things
required for the ocean voyage--a woolen jack, a straw tick, various tin utensiles,
wash basin, mess kit, coffee can, cup, etc., then, too, a bottle of vinegar,
a bottle of rum, several pounds of tobacco, liquors, all of which cost more
money than I had expected.  After all this business, I trotted back to my
dear Herr Ludering, who informed me, after hours of delay, that I must wait
for several days.  I had learned that my ship, the Adler, (Eagle) would go
to sea with the first favourable wind, and I told him that if my ship sailed
I would remain here at his expense until I found another ship equally as
good as the Adler and that for my protection I would appeal to the Senate.
 When I

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