Download Full Text (3.2 MB)
Voyage back to U.S. aboard ship "Aetna" of Sandyhook
letter, McIlvaine, Du Bois, travel, daughter
McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, "Letter to Maria (Mamy) Du Bois (daughter)" (1864). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 122.
Nov. 24, 1864
Dearest, darling Mamy
We are off sandy York having taken a pilot, + should be landed this Ev. but two cases of [??] in the Steerage will detain us at Quarantine till the morning. WE are quite well + thankful to be so near land in safety after a terrible passage. All tho bad winds + seas of all my preivous clever passages put together would not exceed what we have had this time, such constant, severe gales dead ahead. Only for a part of one day since we left the Channel during a voyage of 16 days, have we been able to be on deck, without hand holding on in the face of cold hard winds + in danger of being met with teh sea.
But none of us have been sea-sick. Emmy + Charley are capital sailors, + have come up brightly all the while. Charley of course, but I hardly expected quite so much of dear Emmy.
I write hastily + as the shaking of the ship will let me. I long to hear about you - + Wash. + the dear children. Give my best love + Emmy, + Charley’s to all, + take my precious darling a whole load of [?] to yourself. You are as ever my our most darling Mamy
Your dearest Father --