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Call Number, SC 167 ([unpublished])

Cedarburg, Washington County (Wis)/ November 21, 1851,   pp. [1]-7 PDF (2.4 MB)

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answer until six or seven weeks later which was very very wrong, 
but was caused by the fact that your letter arrived in the midst 
of our honeymoon, but more about that later.   Now as to my mode of
living here, to write about which is almost monotonous, because I
have already done it so often.
     Concerning my journey here I can tell you but little, because
it has almost left my memory due to the terrible tedium I have 
since experienced.  I went from Cassel to Bremen in three days  there 
I had to remain several days which was not unpleasant, because I
spent the time in Linchen Kuchenbecker's company. Also through her 
kindness I had the peasure of hearing Jenny Lina. On the eighteenth 
of June (1846) I boarded the ship Adler, on the morning of the
 nineteenth we were at sea, on the third day we were between Dover 
and Calais.  Then a Southwester arose with considerable rain, in 
fact, miserably stormy weather which made us tack around in the 
Channel for eight days.  After we had finally escaped from this 
odious sleeve, we were delayed for days by alternate periods of
calm and contrary winds until we took the pilot on board and with 
him we received a splendid East wind, and although we were still 
a considerable distance from New York, it brought us there in two
     My life aboard ship was very uneventful and awfully monotonous.
The frightful steerage in which I had purchased my berth, sight
unseen, had the honor of enjoying my presence for one night only.  
I would rather have slept on the deck than in this storehouse of
people.  Later I slept with the helsman who had a nice little 
room with two berths in the cabin which is on the upper deck.   For 
this courtesy and comfort I could think the stormy weather in the
 Channel.   The ship's carpenter fell from the great life boat to

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