Voyage to California (29) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

The observations were really interesting and so well detailed. I loved the little reference to the incident with the gun-toting card players

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

(1) John Jackson Lewis, (2) Edith May (Lewis) Rider, (3) Marian Faith (Rider) Irwin, (4) Marian Dunlap (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 travelling  from New York to visit his older brother William in San Jose.


March 1 – Weather clear and very pleasant.  In sight of coast and considerably nearer than for a few days passed.  The smoke on shore, in various places, indicated that the country hereabouts, is at least habitable.  I saw some sperm whales to day.  The gambling in the steerage continued until 3 o-clock in the morning and then broke up in a row.  Some high words passed and shooting was talked of, but no blood was spilled, and the war-like ones soon cooled off.  The supply of potatoes for the steerage gave out…

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