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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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houses away from me and later he and I went around a good
 deal together in New York.
  Since I and my companions found things too tiresome on
 the ship we went to the City in a small boat to a German hotel
keeper (Wirth) named Bick.  As soon as I felt the solid earth
 under my feet, I got a great appetite for roast and beer,    We 
virtually ran through the streets to find the land fare which
had so long been denied us.   The first question put by each 
of us "can we get Bavarian beer here?" was answered "yes"
but how great was the difference between Bavarian beer here and in Germany.
       But though it waw bad, even the worst beer reminds me clearly of my
former home.  I moved as in a dread, in the upper market place, throught
the dark alley to the lower market place, then turned to Schaders Hans and
passing took a quick look at the store windows and sneaked out of "Griesmerschen"
gate into the club garden.  From the garden gate, I saw under the pear tree,
a blue print dress and next to it on the table a white basket.  I hear a
joyous laughter and emerged from beneath the birches and pines--there they
all stand before me, the old familiar faces smoking their little pipes or
contentedly drinking down golden rivers of beer.  It was a delightful dream
and when I was aroused by my neighbors, I felt very ill at ease.  I saw everything
so clearly, every single house which I passed even though I did not look
that way yet it stood there in my imagination.  I saw the broad cobblestones,
the different numbers of the whiskey and liquor tavers, I heard the various

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