Voyage to California (30) – John Jackson Lewis – January to March, 1851

The early travellers certainly had amazing appetites. I guess the pangs of hunger make all men (and women) bold.

"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.


The steamer held up last night, for a time, to avoid passing the entrance to the harbor of San Diego in the dark.  Arrived at San Diego about 7 o’clock.  The passengers were not permitted to land, the object in stopping, being to deliver the U.  S. mail and obtain some provisions.  The Bay of San Diego looked very beautiful in the stillness and brightness of a quiet, bright, Sabbath morning.  Numerous whales were spouting lazily about the entrance, and a multitude of seagulls were hovering above the ship, or floating on the…

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