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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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for me, again escaped my teeth and later did me a great service.  
With the flow of the tide we were floating again and after
 continual tacking, we finally reached and boarded the Adler 
on Wednesday evening, where we were reached with great cries
 of joy by the emigrants who were already aboard.
 Here we had some capital fun with an emigrant, a mighty
 drinker who was going to America to improve his
 circumstances, but who said he wished to have a good time 
before hand.  He came aboard ship loaded over and over with 
bottles of rum, then went once more to Bremerhaven with the
 sailors and returned totally drunk.  Since he could not climb
 the ship's ladder, the sailors quickly produced rope and hoisted him on
the great yard arm.  Here they permitted him to dangle for a quarter of an
hour for the general amusement of the crowd and then let him down through
the hatch to the middle deck during which time he was wiggling like a fish
on a line.
 After all my things were in the hold, I went down to the middle dick to
select a berth for myself.  But I shall never forget the shock which I had
at sight of my propitious lodging place; could I have been with you dear
ones at that moment I believe I owuld never have gotten to America.  My unfavorable
impression was magnified because I had from Eden Trost's description expected
a pleasing place belonging to me personally and providing privacy.  Instead,
I found inthe middle dick (that is the large space whihc is situation under
the front deck and lies half over and half under the water and gets its light
and air only from two hatches one at the front and the

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