April 20 Saturday – Sam wrote a letter, en route on the SS Holsatia from New York to Hamburg, to Olivia Lewis Langdon. He wrote the letter on a ship’s menu.
It has been all kinds of a voyage—calm, smooth seas, then rough seas, then middling—& so on…To-day a lurch of the ship threw a passenger against an iron railing & they think he has a rib broken. The girls are worn out with the rolling & tumbling of the ship, & starved out too, since they eat nothing. But they’ll be all right, 2 days hence, when we reach Plymouth. The children get along splendidly, though the Bay swears at the weather sometimes [MTLE 3: 48].