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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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every joint from the exertion.  Ater they, along with their
 boat were hoisted aboard, the fish was also brought in.  He was frightfully
heavy because when lowered onto the forward he broke in the sides of the
quarter deck.  It is a strangely built creature, almost circular and quite
smooth.  Its length is about four feet, its height about three and three
quarters and its thickness about one foot.  On its back and under its belly
it whas large fins.  Just behind its gill flaps, it had little flippers so
that when it swims it falls from one side to the other and moves himself
forward very slowly.  
 In addition to these was saw many other large fish, which it was impossible
to hunt, because they were too big.  Grampus whales and many other varieties.
 Otherwise I think of nothing else wroth telling that happened during our
ocean voyage, because eventually like on the ship becomes quite monotonous.
 In the end, the tedium made me positively vacant and simple-minded so that
I could do no intelligent thinking.  It is really no wonder that the inmates
of Pennsylvania prisons become crazy and simpleminded.  All remnant of amusement
was exhausted, nothing new occurred, and you can imagine how interesting
like must have been.  Two days before we arrived in New York, the long expected
pilot appeared on board and with his comin we got a favorable wind.  
 On the second morning after the arrival of the pilot, we finally saw the
long desired coast of America spread out before our eyes, splendidly illumined
by the morning sun.  New life came into the entire gorup.  The steerage paid

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