Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography Page: 34
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Most of the detail of my voyage on the Queen Bess to Bridge-
town, capital and main port of Barbados Island in the British
West Indies, I have pretty much forgotten with the exception
of one or two stirring events. But the queasy, nightmarish emo-
tion of it still sticks with me. The trip lasted about eight weeks,
and I was either seasick or otherwise miserable all this while.
Evidently I had grown more accustomed to staid Boston life
than I imagined. I soon discovered I was cut out for terra firma
and not the tossing waves.
I am not sure just how I ever happened to be signed aboard
this dirty old tub as ship's boy. Probably it was through the help
of one of Aunt Lavinia's roomers, possibly the gaunt Mr. Both-
well who was employed as a bookkeeper in a countinghouse on
In any case, I crossed to East Boston on the ferry, carrying
with me a small carpetbag filled with clean workaday gear, and
Here’s what’s next.
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/46/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.