Forty-niner in Utah, page 071

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Title A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Jounral of John Hudson, 1848-50
Creator Hudson, John, 1826-1850
Subject Frontier and pioneer life; Letters; Diaries -- Authorship; Mormons
Subject Local Mormons --Utah--Biography; Frontier and pioneer life --Utah; West (U.S.) --Description and travel; Utah --Description and travel
Description John Hudson, artist and writer, chronicles his travels from New York City across the Plains towards California to partake in the Gold Rush. What was to have been a temporary stop in Salt Lake City stretches to sixteen months and includes participation in Captain Howard Stansbury's expedition of the Great Salt Lake.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Madsen, Brigham D.; Cooley, Everett L.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 11
Coverage Time: 1848-50
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.75 cm x 23 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6v1242x
Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
Reference URL

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 071
Description October 1849~June 1850 illness I was lead through the mercy of God to see the errors of my past life humbly to repent & to believe that Christ is sufficient for my salvation; I have since experienced a peace & contentment to which before I was an entire stranger & I trust & have faith to believe that with the aids of prayer & watchfulness I shall continue in the path that leads to Eternal life; you will think it indeed a proof of this a change of heart when I, before so ambittious in my views, adopted this plan of getting a livelihood to embrace a pro- fession that I always esteemed as hateful but I have learned the lesson that wealth by no means brings happiness, & that to walk uprightly, to be at peace with God & man is worth more than all the gold that has ever been collected in California; I am but a com- paratively short distance from a land abounding in the treasures that men are running mad after & yet were it not for the obliga- tions I am under which of course are ever to be held as sacred I would be content to live among these people a poor but happy man; believing that in possessing food & raiment & leisure to culti- vate the intellect & enlarge the understanding we are in the best sense of the word Wealthy & Now, "I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than dwell in the tents of wickedness."' I would like to write more but the space is important & as the dis- tance that seperates us makes postage a serious item I must content myself with but one letter & consequently cannot detail my experi- ence as I could have wished. To my indulgent Uncle I would state that notwithstanding Mr Van Warts prophecy there is but little chance of again ever trading to any amt with this Country. I never went out but met with some additional proof of this fact a Farmer having but little to do in Winter was making Elastic springs & of course selling them much 9 Hudson's decision to take a position as schoolmaster at Fort Utah, an experience described in his April 2, 1850, letter, and his long explanation of his repentance and accep- tance of Christian salvation add to the circumstantial evidence that he had by this time joined the Mormon church. A careful search of L.D.S. church files in Salt Lake City has not disclosed an account of his baptism, but there is a record that, on October 5, 1849, at Salt Lake City, he received a Patriarchal Blessing from Issac Morley, under whose direc- tion Hudson later went to Sanpete Valley as a pioneer settler. Although such blessings were sometimes given to individuals who were not members of the Mormon church, usually they were administered only to faithful adherents. The Bible quotation is Psalm 84, verse 10. "Early Church Information File," Genealogical Library, Patriarchal Blessings, vol. 14, p. 88, no. 108. L.D.S. Archives. 71
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Source A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-50
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327756
Reference URL