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ISBN: 9781333255961
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: 2016-08-16
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Excerpt from A Pictorial View of California: Including a Description of the Panama and Nicaragua Routes, With Information and Advice Interesting to All, Particularly Those Who Intend to Visit the Golden Region
We had now passed Sandy Hook, and putting our helm down, we stood away to the South. The wind being light, we bent on studding sails, and were soon making our course at the rate of five knots. The excitement had now subsided; and, as the hills were fast receding, we were most painfully admonished that we were leaving home and friends. We soon sunk the highest points of land below the horizon, and felt that we were fairly launched upon the ocean, and that we were traveling to a scene of adventure, the result of which no one could divine. We felt that sinking of spirit one only feels on such occasions; and, at this particular time, clouds as dark as night hung in the horizon of the future. Night came on, and with it a stiff breeze, creating a heavy sea. This caused most of the passengers to forget their friends, and bestow their undivided care upon them selves.
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