I recently began research for my next book, MATELYN AND THE TEXAS RANGER, Texas Code Series, The Bennings.
In chapter one, Mattie is preparing to travel to Galveston, Texas with her employer, Madame de Marceau. Mattie has packed the trunks but wants to pack her important documents separately so they will be protected from water damage. She learned on her trip across the Atlantic from Ireland to take special care with packing certain items.
|Possible type of ship they will sail on|
Mattie knows, but I have no clue.
So the quest began. First I posed the question on my Facebook page and in a western historical group in which I'm a member. Two very nice friends answered. One suggested wooden boxes, more specifically a cigar box. Hmmm, that might work, but what happens if the boxes get wet? Won't the items inside still get wet?
|19th century Cigar Boxes|
|Canning Jars from the 19th Century|
The best thing I've found is to have her wrap her papers in oilcloth.I'm open to any suggestions.
I'll keep you posted and next month, I'll have an excerpt to share.
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