Forty-niner in Utah, page 076

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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
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 076
Description Frontier Utah these difficulties ceased; I6 I had about 30 boys & girls none of whom studied anything more scientific than arithmetic, so I jogged along pretty easily, & was popular both with pupils & parents. Could you but have seen my school, it would have appeared both novel & interesting a rude log cabin 16 ft square daubed with mud to exclude the cold air, with no flooring save that afforded by mother earth then my furniture consisted in a bedstead which stood in one corner, & as it was made by myself you may judge how little elegance entered into its composition; this not only served as a couch by night, but as during school hours an elevated seat from which I could survey my charges. The children it is true were not nicely dressed for no one cares for appearance in the woods, & we can be as happy or perhaps a little happier in buck- skin as in broad cloth, but if not smart they were clean & their fair hair light complexions & intelligent countenances appeared to me to compose a picture which I sighed in vain to transmit to canvass, especially when contrasted with the group of dirty degraded looking Indians who usually filled the doorway. No small part of the time I spent here I lived in the place, I have briefly described, alone, cooking for myself & performing other necessary domestic duties; while busy making bread or frying a steak the thought would occur, what would my old friends think were they to see me so employed? no one can tell in what circumstances they may be placed while journeying through life, & he whose lot it is to live the life of an early settler, would often find himself cheerfully doing many things which at one time he could not have contemplated, & learn from experience, as I have done, how few and simple mans actual wants are. In this early state of society there are of course no I6 The pioneer parents in Fort Utah were indeed fortunate to be able to procure the services of John Hudson as a teacher for their children. There were few trained people among the early settlers who could devote full time to the profession of pedagogy, and teaching materials were not among the necessities with which emigrants filled their wagons. Brigham Young had reminded the families who first settled in Salt Lake Valley, "It is very desirable that all the saints should improve every opportunity of securing at least a copy of every valuable treatise on education-every book, map, chart, or diagram that may contain interesting, useful, and attractive matter, to gain the attention of children, and cause them to learn to read." Teacher Hudson probably used religious litera- ture and the Bible as readers for his students and imparted the principles of arithmetic from his own storehouse of knowledge. J. C. Moffitt, A Century of Public Education in Provo, Utah (Provo: [Provo Book Bindery], 1944), p. 12. 76
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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 2021-05-06
ID 327761
Reference URL