Voyage to California (5) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

(1) John Jackson Lewis, (2) Edith May (Lewis) Rider, (3) Marian Faith (Rider) Irwin, (4) Marian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion, (5) Judith Anne Guion.

The following are transcriptions of John Jackson Lewis’s diary and journal of his voyage to California in 1851. He was going from New York to visit his older brother William in San Jose.

February

Diary:

(Feb.)  5th.  Sea rough this morning, enough so to produce sea sickness with some of the passengers, and some sensations of the kind with myself. No land in sight to day, and nothing unusual to note. Sat in the cabin in the evening, and listened to an old captain and some young sailors (our passengers) sailing their voyages over again. They appear to have traveled quite extensively, Valparaiso, Rio Janeiro, Marseille, the Mediterranean, China and other parts being frequently mentioned. I have been much interested in noting the variety of professions…

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