Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Sea Passage

The following is a translation from Henri's first letter home.

June 22, 1852, on board the Niagara

"When this letter reaches you, I will already be on the high seas. The trip from Liverpool to Boston is expected to take around 15 days. We are traveling on the Royal Mail Steamer Niagara, which is of good size, about three of our steamers from Lake Geneva.

There are about 30 people in the first class cabins, only a few are really worth mentioning however. Mr. Oliver Middleton of Boston, Mr. Mazendorf, originally from Strassbourg, a merchant on his way back to New Orleans and Mr. Peabody of New York, accompanied by his wife and daughter who are returning from a long trip on the continent. There is also a rice farmer from the Carolinas who also happens to be a commander in the local militia and is never without his edition of Wellington's dispatches under his arm. Lastly there is a Tobacco farmer from Virginia who is accompanied by his valet Don Juan Ferrera."

Boston Entry Documentation for Henri de Buren and his travel partner and friend François de Graffenried.

Interesting Subtext
An ancestor of François de Graffenried, Baron Christoph de Graffenried founded New Bern, North Carolina in 1710.

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