Forty-niner in Utah, page 080

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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 080
Description Frontier Utah divided between work, & conversation upon doctrine, the history & prospects of the Church, travel & other topics with which we beguiled the time, but this work although a good preparation for the mines had not much charm for me, after the lapse of a week I procured the situation of Draughtsman to a Topographical & Surveying Compy sent to explore this region of Country by the U. S. government. Capt S tansbury gives me $1,50 pr day with board & lodging & I reside with him, making one of his mess & as he is somewhat epicurian the table is well supplied with all that the valley can afford, so that my salary is equivalent to !$8OO Pr annum & the employment being congenial I am perfectly satisfied with my fortune. We shall so soon as the season opens start upon the campaign, exploring the Salt Lake & the adjacent country, my occupation will consist in making drawings of whatever is pictur- esque & interesting which will be published in the report of the sur- veys. My companions are gentlemanly & I feel myself in a situa- tion to acquire much information upon various topics.20 Dr Blake who furnishes the expedition with geological, botanical & other scientific information is an Englishman a man of very extensive knowledge, his principal motive in accompanying the expedition was the hope of establishing his health, although he has a salary of $1500 clear of expences as a further inducement."' I shall probably 2o The editor has been unable to identify the Mormon leader whose cellar excavation project engaged the physical and mental faculties of Hudson. There is a full discussion of the origin and purposes of the Stansbury Expedition in part 5 which reproduces John Hudson's journal of the survey of Great Salt Lake. 21 James Blake had been hired by Captain Howard Stansbury to catalog and care for the scientific collections of the expedition and to keep the geological notes. The doctor had performed his duties well on the trip from St. Louis to Salt Lake Valley and on S tansbury's 1849 journey around the lake. After the episode of the battle at Fort Utah, where Blake actually decapitated Indians to secure their heads as specimens, Blake asked permission to remain in Salt Lake City for awhile and was to rejoin Stansbury's party when the lake survey got underway. He failed to do so and later explained that he had never intended to participate in the exploration of the Great Salt Lake. Because of his decision, perhaps it is just as well to describe briefly the final activities of Hudson's new-found friend in Salt Lake City, as a former member of the Stansbury expedition. After the survey had started, the captain discovered to his dismay that Blake had left Stansbury's rented house in the city taking with him "all the mineralogical & botanical specimens, those of natural history, the meteorological Register & in fact everything he could lay his hands on, books, fishing lines, hooks, paper etc. etc. leaving a note for me saying that he had left the party & carried these things off with him to secure his pay." Furthermore, Blake had waited to begin his foray until a draft of $300.00 in his favor from Stansbury was safe on its way east in a merchant caravan from the city. The captain at 80
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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 327765
Reference URL