The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 2
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of the northern winter, had arranged to pay the traveling expenses
of all three boys. In addition Horace was to receive $134.43 for his
tutorial services. Young Scudder, as befitted the future editor of
Houghton Mifflin and the Atlantic Monthly, kept a journal of
Expecting to sail on January 7, Horace arrived in New York
on the sixth. For unspecified reasons, however, the sailing ship
East of the N. S. E. W. line delayed its departure for two weeks.
At last, Horace recorded in his journal:
After a number of false alarms we received positive sailing orders
for Friday morning 21 Jan. and betook ourselves and luggage to the
brig in which we were to sail for Galveston, Texas. About noon we
were towed by a tug into the channel and anchored off Bedlow Island
waiting a favorable breeze. Mr. Gilman came off in the afternoon
and brought a basket of apples and oranges beside a corkscrew which
proved very serviceable.
Although the brig, which did not hoist anchor until noon of
the twenty-second, proved to be a good sailer, both Theodore and
Horace were immediately seasick. George proved himself aggra-
vatingly immune. It was a week before the boys were able to take
regular meals. While convalescing, Horace made various experi-
ments with food, discovering
sardines as the most agreeable; oranges bad; raisins worse; apples
doubtful; figs excellent when recovery is certain; pecans pleasant
in small quantities; ale passable; lemonade bad.
He found a further remedy in brandy and water.
As the brig sailed southward and health returned, the boys luxu-
riated in the increasingly mild weather, finding it difficult to
imagine that friends at home were not enjoying a similar June-like
season. They experienced the universal languor of the voyager in
southern seas. One day was like another. They got up at seven
"with the flying fish . .. in absence of the lark," and break-
fasted on potatoes, salt junk, and pork. After the morning meal
they studied (five pages of Livy a day), read (paying particular
attention to Frederick Law Olmsted's Journey through Texas),
wrote, and talked. Dinner was the same as breakfast except for the
addition of pudding; tea was varied by the introduction of ginger-
bread or doughnuts. For exercise the voyagers walked the forty
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