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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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])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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hour wide.  High stone forts withtheir threatening cannon, looked down on
us from both sides.  Beyond these the bay graduallywidens, and is lined with
magnificent country homes and gardens.  The farther one travels, the more
the bay widens offereing even more splendid views.  Directly ahead, on sees
the city of New York, which extrends into the bay like an equilateral triangle,
with its many towers and chruches surrounded by a forest of masts from which
the flags of all nations flutter in the breeze in colorful variation.
 The city is washed by the waters of the Hudson River, which divides itself
into two branches above the city and thus embraces it.  We sailed into the
northern branch, the so-called North River, accompanied by a swarm of small
boats which had brought the agents of German hotel keepers, aboard.  In all
my life I have not heard such prattling nor seen such importunity as these
fellows possess; they were after me, too, but I sent them off in a hurry.
 We cast our anchor in mid-river because other ships must make room before
we could dock at the wharf.  This took quite a long time, meanwhile we had
considerable company on our ship, mostly Germans, who were expecting friends
or relatives.  The first acquaintance I met was a son of Schade's Ede of
the new alley and lower market, whom I, however, mistrusted somewhat because
he approached me in the compnay of a solicitor and recommended to me a certain
hotel as the best German establishment.  But later I discovered that I was
entirely mistaken, because others also recommended this house to me, and
I lodged there during my stay in New York.  He lived only a few

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