Forty-niner in Utah, page 146

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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 146
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake As usual I walked along the shore preceded by the Boats & Mr Carrington; I found the exercise fatigueing as upon the higher lands thorny bushes were thickly scattered over the surface & the alternative of the beach was still worse, as at every step I sunk in the loose hot sand ankle deep The warm weather has brought into industrious existence in- numerable midges, who seem resolved to make the most of their unusual victims. It is a mystery what sanguinary little wretches live upon in the absence of humans, but presume that like all created nature even this insignificant insect finds something still more insignificant & makes the animalculoe a prey. I had a curious instance of this destroying principle today; I placed a cricket in company with a small beetle, into the box where I keep my speci- mens until I have an opportunity to transfixing them to a peice of cork. Upon turning them out I found that the cricket had sympa- thized with the sufferings of his fellow prisoner to such an extent, that he had put an end to them by eating him up bodily. Nothing was left but a bit of wing which the Cricket probably thought in- digestible & might occasion dyspepsia. I passed many abandoned "Wickiups," Lodges, these were situated in the neighborhood of water, indicated by canes & broad leaved grass. Along the beach were great numbers of a yellow clus- tering flower with an agreeable perfume & a long root like a radish. Nelson tasted & described it as having a hot & pungent flavor, he was afterwards exceedingly ill & evinced every symptom of having been poisoned. We attributed his indisposition to the small peice of root but was releived by a dose of oil which Capt S. administered. Had he swallowed more it might have occasioned his death, as the root must be a very active poison? As north, James Ross led his own expedition to attempt to find the south magnetic pole and did discover the Ross Sea and Victoria Land. John Ross published a number of works including Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-West Passage (London: A. W. Webster, X435), while James C. Ross published A Voyage of Discovery and Re- search in the Southern and Antarctic Regions (London: Murray, 1847). 55 The plant was probably mustard, Hutchinsia procumbens, which is found in a number of places around the lake and on some of the islands. When eaten, it stimulates the peristaltic action of the stomach and is sometimes administered medicinally for this purpose. While Hudson identified the ill man as Nelson, Captain Stansbury named him as N. Hollingshead, one of those listed by Gunnison as being hired on April 2,185O. Gwynn, 146
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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 327831
Reference URL