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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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tribute to the sea with straw ticks and other articles which 
were no longer needed.  Everything was again energetically 
repacked and Sunday clothes were brought forth.      One who had formerly
seen the steerage passengers in their dirty ragged 
clothes would not have recognized them again, so fine and noble
had they dressed themselves.  Before we entered New York bay the wind suddenly
died down so that we were once more becalmed.
 In a short time a steamship came rushing towrard us, to tow 
us into bay.   The steamships here are built quite differently
than in Germany.   The engine stands on the deck and one always 
sees the iron walking beam, to which the connecting rod is
attached, go up and down.  The steamer halted near us and
offered its services.  Here, I had my first opportunity to 
get acquainted with the American
 trading spirit.  The American offered to transport us for sevent-five dollars.
 Our captain offered twenty-five dollars.  The American immediately took
off, but before he had moved fifty steps he stopped and requested sixty dollars.
 This was not taken up so away he went.  In this wise he came and departed
eight times reducing his demands a little each time.  Thics dickering continued
for perhaps han hour and I became quite disgusted with all this low trading.
 As the fellow came up for the ninth time, there arose a light breeze and
he had to take his leave with the door slammed in his face.
 Our entrance into New York Bay was perhaps one of the finest things I have
ever seen--no doubt this view of the ladn so long denied me had something
to do with my feelings.  The entrance to the bay is quite narrow, about one
quarter of an

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