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Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167

Cedarburg (Wis) September 25, 1846,   pp. [1]-23 PDF (8.9 MB)

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other at the rear) all around the ship's wall, hammered together out of posts
and  boards bunks in double
 tiers one over the other, and extending on all sides presenting
 the following conditions.  The middle deck was about seven and one-half
to eight feet high so each berth was three and one-half to four feet high,
five to six feet wide and of about the same length.  In this space, five
persons had to lie next to one another.
 Fortunately, I found a place in the so-called "Rivitz",
one of
the separated spaces of the middle dick where I was at least, associated
with fairly clean people, however, teh bunk was not better than in the middle
dick.  AFter everything was stowed away and arranged, we drank our first
tea, which we had to get for ourselves from teh galley, with this we received
bread, the principal ingredient of which was bran, and butter which tasted
quite rancid.  With a heavy heart I now retired to bed, but because of foul
air and other uncomfortable sensations, I could nto get any sleep that night.
 At five the next morning a steam boat arrived which took us out to the open
sea becaseu there was not sufficient wind to bring us out of the Weser. 
We reached the open sea at about noon and again cast our anchor because it
was still calm.  In the afternoon the roll of passengers was taken, which
is necessary because people frequently sneak aboard without paying anything
and when the ship is once on the high seas, these stowaways must naturally
be carried along.
 On Friday morning a good wind finally came up half southerly and half from
the side.  Our ship

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