¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The next move was to examine the three staterooms kindly selected by Mess Cyrus W. Field and Wm Hunter of N.Y. All right-they were in the middle of the ship where the rocking would be least felt. Comfortably larger, each room having two beds and a sofa besides an unusual variety of little conveniences.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The next step soon increased to several steps, making three or four hurried trips ashore for Camp-chairs-lemons-oranges, wax matches +c until my memorandum was checked off. Last but not least, nor soonest ended, was the adieu to our relatives and friends. None can appreciate except those who have tried it. The broad and terrible ocean to be crossed twice-a years separation-would we all meet again, +c, +c chocked [sic] us with anticipations, not at all encouraged by hysterical and homesick expressions from passengers near us.- Ended only with the warning Bell “all ashore thats [sic] going ashore”.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The lashings are cast off promptly at 3pm. And a rush to the deck for a last fond look, as we crawl backwards in the bay, our eyes riveted on our receeding [sic] friends, out in the dismal all day rain, interrupted only by the sudden and symultaneous [sic] reports of our two saucy brass cannons