Carrie Davis

A Letter To Her Mother

This letter was written July 8, 1879.

Dear Ma,

I thought I would write you a few lines. We arrived in Orient Saturday. Left Norwich that day about two p.m. and reached the wharf at Orient at half past seven p.m. Had it quite rough after getting into the sound, as the wind was strong, and the tide ahead.

I wrote you a letter the day we arrived at Norwich, which was late on Wednesday, had rather a dull run you see. It was so calm Tuesday, we didn't pass by Plum Island till afternoon...

There was considerable noise at Norwich, ringing of bells & firing of guns early a.m., and at noon - The blowing of horns and use of powder began over night-

Two steamers went from there with excursions, each having a brass band so we heard some good music. The weather was very warm indeed but we managed to get along with some degree of comfort - We regaled ourselves at times with iced lemonade, cake and Brazil nuts - We brought some nuts and lemons home for you, in case you had not gone, so you see you were not forgotten-

In the p.m. Charlie & I went up the stream in the sharpy, passed under several bridges, and had quite a pleasant row - Talked of going to the park, but it was too warm to make much of an effort, and towards night a heavy shower set in. - Pa expects to load soon- but when you write next direct to Orient - The market was dull last trip, but he hopes the produce will give better satisfaction next time-