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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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          The stormy weather which I mentioned before, continued for exactly
eight days and during this entire time we had to sail around in the Channel;
at last on the ninth day we received a little wind from the side and thus
got out of the bedeviled channel.  From then on we had alternate calm and
adverse winds until two days before we reached New York, where we had the
finest east wind.
 Now I must give you a description of my mode of living in other respects.
 In the first eight or ten (days) I usually arose at seven o'clock in the
morning, the I went to the forward deck where I scrubbed myself throughtly
with sea water, then I journeyed with my little coffee can to the galley
to get coffee, which was heavily sweetened with sugar; and a piece of ship's
bread, (it consists of ground rye) with butter, was then forced down. Thenone
had a pipe or cigar and lounged about until tweleve o'clock. Then, if one
wanted to eat somethign, on went again to the galley with one's tin dishes;
our food consisted alternately of salt pork, beef, peas, beans, potatoes,
lentils, rice, rice dumplings always in the form of soup.  This fare became
so monotonous that I soon ate almost no dinner at all except for a bit of
head cheese and when that was gone a piece of ham which I bought from the
cook.  Our evening meal consisted of tea and ship's bread.  The food on this
ship was really quite good only the variety which one has  on land was missing.
 Best of all was the fact that I always had plenty of wine, even though I
had not brought any with me.  In fact, I soon became acquainted with the
two helmsmen, who were both

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