My chum I find to be a fine old French gentleman from New Orleans, by the name of Blanchard. He is able to converse some in English, but not very ﬂuently. Our state room is in the forward part of the ship and is quite too small for convenience, especially as we have each of us a very large trunk. Every state room and berth in the ship appear to be occupied, and I under stand the number of passengers on board to be about 140. The officers, crew, cooks, waiters, &c., must be about 100, making the whole number of souls on board, near 250.