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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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reatjer cultured and nice people, especially the second, Reuerman, born in
Frankfurth.  Theses two had opened their hearts to me since I cured the carpenter,
supplied me richly with French wine by order of the captain, so they said.
 I did not worry myself as to whether this was ture or not and accepted it
as something earned.  After I was acquainted with them and with the bacin
passengers, I had quite an agreeable existence.
 We had six cabin passengers, a merchant from Bremen, a witty jovial fellow;
a young nobleman from Prussia named Harpke, who became the one most attatched
to me, a big game hunter who had traveled throughout all of Europe and had
a lot of money and who afterwards made the journey here with me; then a young
pastor and his wife and finally a young lady and an elderly spinster, who
later turned out to be accomplished gossips.  Whenever the weather was reasonably
pleasant, this group and a Prussian postal clerk who also had lodging in
the steerage and I sat each evening on the deck of the cabin, which was built
on the forward deck, and danced, played, and sang to the accompaniment of
my guitar which I had unpacked.  Along with this, we usually brewed a mighty
bowl of punch, and so we often sat together until two or three o'clock.
 After I became acquainted with the helmsmen, I no longer slept in the steerage,
but with them.  They had their room behind the cabin with two bunks.  When
one of them was on watch I laid myself in his berth and when he was relieved
I crawled in the other berth.  Every afternoon we had a siesta first with


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