Forty-niner in Utah, page 137

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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 137
Description April-June 1850 Monday April 22 Nil. Followed the example of old Pope Gregory & skipped a day28 Tuesday - 23 The weather today is much more tolerable less wind & the sun shines cheerily I walked from camp to complete the sketches of the mountains in the Promontory range before alluded to,29 the solitude was made populous by the daily increas- ing number of insects. I observed 2 or 3 variously colored bees, the eternal & infernal musquitoes are already beginning to sharpen their beaks upon the whetstones which they are said to carry under their wings, & the ground is covered with busy red ants inquisitive lizards* & shocking crickets. I also saw the tail of a rabbit as he bolted into his warren & two sand hill cranes, which collection, I think affords a fair representation of the natural history of this section of country.30 *I have noticed this animal upon my approach in order to ascer- tain whether friend or foe, put up its little flat head with an appear- ance of most comical curiosity. 28 Pope Gregory XIII, in office from 1572 to 1585, determined to erase certain flaws in the Julian calendar which did not recognize that the length of the solar year is actually eleven minutes and fourteen seconds shorter than 365% days. This meant that the calendar kept getting more out of step with the seasons. Therefore, in 1582, Gregory corrected the error by dropping 10 days, announcing that what would have been October 5 would be October 15. To average out the year, he also added an extra day to the years evenly divisible by four, creating the leap years. 29 One of the pictures which he completed this day became part of the collection which went to the Hudson family in England and, for the first time, appears in print in this book. It is the unfinished sketch referred to on April 20 and is captioned, "Kanyon on East side of Promontory range looking 3 miles from 4th camp, April 20/50." Two other views mentioned here did appear in the Stansbury Report and are found opposite page 102, "West End of Fremont's Island. and Part of Antelope Island. From Alum Bay," and opposite page 104, "View Looking North West from Promontory Point Great Salt Lake." 3o The appendices of the Stansbury Report contain detailed scientific information about the flora and fauna and geology and chemistry of the Great Salt Lake. Modern day scientists have identified eleven species of mosquitoes which inhabit the area of Great Salt Lake, and their comments about two of the most common variety would have received the hearty endorsement of Hudson and his companions: "Aedes dorsolis is the most pestiferous species. . . . The females are vicious biters and will attack during the day or night . . . Culex tarsalis Cog. is the most abundant. . . . These mos- quitoes feed from dusk to dawn on man, birds and other animals including reptiles. They attack rather stealthily and their bite is very irritating to most of their victims." 137
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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 327822
Reference URL