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The first page of a manuscript diary of a Tour in Paris and Normandy August 1880 
Monday August 9th 1880
At about three o clock in the afternoon we went with father to Bristol who saw us into the train for Salisbury. Near Westbury we saw the white horse cut in a hill. At Salisbury we had to change stations. At Southampton Mr Colborn & Daymond met us at the station. They had some difficulty in finding the boat as the people seemed never to have heard of Havre till a bright idea struck some one and they called out “Oh you mean Avre Sir”. After Supper at Radleys’ Hotel we went on board where we found everything damp and dirty. We kept the second class cabin by the advice of the Steward who we afterwards had nothing to do with the first. In the cabin four young men had been drinking and smoking but we engaged four berths one of which someone afterwards occupied while we were on deck. So I had to sleep on a sofa only reaching down to my knees. In a short time we saw the lights of Cowes + Portsmouth + Mr C + D talked to the look out in the bows and another sailor who hinted that if he had another sixpence they should have had some grog as they had a new steward who would only sell it for ready money but when it was given to him he disappeared for the rest of the night. A little further out we saw a slight phosphorescence where we stirred up the water. We also saw a great many shooting stars + then turned in. I could not sleep and got up at about four and went on deck I had to go down for my mackintosh where after the fresh air the cabin smelted horrible 

 

The first page of a manuscript diary of a Tour in Paris and Normandy August 1880 

Monday August 9th 1880

At about three o clock in the afternoon we went with father to Bristol who saw us into the train for Salisbury. Near Westbury we saw the white horse cut in a hill. At Salisbury we had to change stations. At Southampton Mr Colborn & Daymond met us at the station. They had some difficulty in finding the boat as the people seemed never to have heard of Havre till a bright idea struck some one and they called out “Oh you mean Avre Sir”. After Supper at Radleys’ Hotel we went on board where we found everything damp and dirty. We kept the second class cabin by the advice of the Steward who we afterwards had nothing to do with the first. In the cabin four young men had been drinking and smoking but we engaged four berths one of which someone afterwards occupied while we were on deck. So I had to sleep on a sofa only reaching down to my knees. In a short time we saw the lights of Cowes + Portsmouth + Mr C + D talked to the look out in the bows and another sailor who hinted that if he had another sixpence they should have had some grog as they had a new steward who would only sell it for ready money but when it was given to him he disappeared for the rest of the night. A little further out we saw a slight phosphorescence where we stirred up the water. We also saw a great many shooting stars + then turned in. I could not sleep and got up at about four and went on deck I had to go down for my mackintosh where after the fresh air the cabin smelted horrible