1865 Handwritten Diary Sarah Solomon Ny Steamer Trip To Europe Maida Hill London
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1865 Handwritten Diary Sarah Solomon Ny Steamer Trip To Europe Maida Hill London:
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Started from New York at 12:30. A delightful day and plenty to be seen until three o’clock when I wrote a few lines to the folks at home by the pilot who left the ship at 3:10. Had dinner after which “I did not feel very well” so was obliged to go to my birth.”
Slept pretty well all night but was disturbed about four o’clock in the morning when the sailors commenced laying the hose on the deck which is anything but an agreeable sound, but I suppose I shall soon get used to that. I tired several times to dress myself but was unsuccessful until about twelve o’clock when the stewardess came in and assisted me. Then went on deck where I felt much better. At four o’clock managed to eat a little dinner. I forgot to mention that it is a lovely day. Took a walk up and down the deck and heard some of the passengers sing a few national airs, which sounded quite familiar and pleasant. Looked at the sailors having a dance which they seemed to enjoy greatly. Retired at nine o’clock.”
Slept splendidly and arose at half past seven feeling very much better than what I did the day previous. Dressed myself, went immediately on deck where I had my breakfast which I thoroughly enjoyed. Afterwards walked a little and then heard some more singing by the passengers. Then amused myself listening to some of the gentlemen betting in respect to the run of the ship or how many miles we had gone from twelve o’clock May 4th to some hour today (May 5th). Pa bet with one of the gentlemen a half a sovereign that we had gone over 288 miles instead of which we had only made 276. Then went down to lunch which consisted of nice roast potatoes, sardines and pickles. Read a little until dinner time after which was on deck when there was quite a great deal of excitement among the passengers as they thought they saw a steamer in the distance but it turned out to be a Prussia Barque. She hoisted her colors and of course we did the same and it was indeed a very pretty sight. Had tea and then talked until bed time.”
Slept very little indeed I suppose on account of retiring so early. Arose at eight o’clock and dressed with considerable difficulty. Went on deck. Could not get any breakfast. A miserable day and very few on deck. Took a little lunch at twelve then had a short nap. Tried to read but could not as the black soot was blowing in our faces so that we were obliged to keep them covered with a shawl. Had some dinner at four o’clock which was very fine but very few were able to enjoy it. About half past nine P.M. we passed a steamer which I think they called the China. As it was so unpleasant could not stay on deck any longer so was obliged to retire.”
Slept without waking the whole night and arose at half past eight. Dressed myself and went on deck just in time to see a steamer which called the Etna. Could not eat any breakfast, walked up and down the deck two or three times and then read a little. The passengers are all up as it is most delightful day and they all look exceedingly well. The run of the ship from twelve o’clock May 8th to same hour May 9th was 308 miles and the people cannot make out why she has gone so slowly, as the wind has been in her favor almost all the time. At four o’clock had dinner which I enjoyed exceedingly. Read till dark then sang little until half past nine when I had some supper and then to bed.”
Reached Queenstown at 9 o’clock this morning. We did not go inside the harbor, the tender “Jackal” came along side. We landed the mails and about forty passengers. The sea was smooth through the day and we had a most beautiful view of the Irish Coast. The evergreen isle presented a scene of beauty hardly equaled. The channel was smooth, and the sail was delightful. About 12 o’clock we passed Tuska Light (Tuscan Rock) and in a short time approached the English shore. Just at the close of dinner the “China” passed on her way to America. She will take our first letters home to New York. We then passed Holyhead, a beautiful promontory jutting into the channel. At half past nine arrived at Liverpool when we let off three cannons sky rockets to try and attract the attention of the English, but they seemed determined not to allow the custom house officers to come on board consequently could not land until two o’clock Sunday morning.”
Left the steamer at ten o’clock A.M. Went to the Washington Hotel (Liverpool) where Mr. Brunner had engaged apartments for us. We had something to eat, the only meal that I really relished since my departure from home. We then had some friends of mama’s come into see us. After dinner the folks took a drive but as I was rather fatigued remained at home. We were beautifully situated and I believe that it is one of the finest hotels in England. The docks of Liverpool are also very grand, one of them being seven miles in distant. Nothing more happened that day but as I felt tired went to bed at half past ten.”
(They then take a train to London where she says her lodging is at “No. 2, Clifton Gardens Maida Hill)
A most delightful day, in fact it has been so ever since we left the steamer. After breakfast we went to the Polytechnic (a palace similar to what our Palace Gardens were) where I enjoyed myself greatly. Saw a man go down the diving bell, also saw how they made glass ornaments and several other very interesting things. Went to a couple of large bazaars then took a walk through Reagent Street and then home. After arranging my toilet went over to Mr. Aria’s where we had tea, afterwards, as there were a few young people there had a very nice dance and left there at twelve o’clock, very well satisfied with all I had seen through the day.”
(She saw the Prince of Wales)
Had company the whole day long up to four o’clock and as we were invited to a dinner party at six though not quite time to prepare for it. We did not have very far to go as it was No. 30 Clifton Gardens, ours being No. 2. It was a very fine affair in ceremony in the least and so far I am very much pleased with all the English. We sat down at the table at seven o’clock and did not leave it until half past nine o’clock. After dinner we talked and laughed then a Miss Sevine sang a very pretty song. We remained there till twelve o’clock, after having spent a very pleasant evening.”
(At this time she seems to skip her journaling from May 23rd until June 5th. However in the back of the diary I found all of those entries. She states that she was unable to write those dates because of the holidays but writes them up later. I didn’t quote from them and only quoted a few more entries to save time)
Started from London at 12:15 A.M. Went by rail to Folkstone where we arrived at 3:50 P.M. Then went by boat from Folkstone to Boulogne not at all sick, as there was no more motion than if we were on a lake. Arrived in Boulogne at 6:15 P.M. Had a beautiful dinner and stared for Paris at 7 o’clock and arrived at half past twelve when after a little trouble, obtained rooms on the premiere stage. Went to bed at half past one.”
Started from Grand Hotel Paris at 10:30 to the railway station when we got in the cars which were to take us to Mason where we were to remain over night. At 5:30 we arrived at Dijon where the train remained 35 minutes and we had a very nice dinner. The scenery all the way along was beautiful; although it was very warm still there was scarcely any dust. We reached Mason at 9 o’clock and drove right up to the Hotel de l’ Europe where we soon obtained rooms and after arranging our toilet a little, we had something to eat and then thought it time to retire.”
Went with my brother-in-law (who arrived the night previous from St. Gall) to the Burning Springs and there saw the people walking up and down with their glasses in their hands, waiting for the water to get cool. The band of music was playing from six till seven. Did not taste the hot water but took a glass of Kissinger instead; bought some fruit which came to thirty five Krentzer’s and because I gave the woman thirty eight I thought she could never stop curtsying and sent her little girl with us to take it home…….”
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