Forty-niner in Utah, page 181

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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 181
Description April-June 1850 camp could be removed. The result of the exploration was unsatis- factory, & we found that the boats could not be brought farther than present position. I made a sketch of Weber River with Carrington & Stansbury Island on the right & left.`26 Sunday June 16. We were expecting the yaul every hour but the day passed over & we could not distinguish her white sails upon the lake. At supper the pork was neglected for we anticipated soon regaling upon beef & we discussed with but indifferent appetite Coffee & bread. The temperature during the day had been cold with occasional showers of hail so soon as it became dusk we sought warmth under our blankets. 12' but had not been thus ensconced long before a shout announced the approach of Capt S. & his men. The wind was driving the lake in large waves upon the shore, the rain pour- 126 Opposite page 214 in the Stansbury Report, there is a picture entitled, "Entrance to the Valley of the Weber River." Neither of the islands appears in the view, and because the sketch of Weber River is a close-up scene, it is doubtful that this picture is the one mentioned by Hudson. 127 While resting on the Sabbath and awaiting the arrival of Captain Stansbury, majordomo Albert Carrington as was his wont, read and incidentally inserted his usual observations on the weather in his journal. He would naturally be concerned about atmos- pheric conditions because of his responsibility to conduct the survey, but certainly his daily jottings about rain or aridity, heat or cold, wind or calm, sunlight or shadow, should be of tremendous importance to any meteorologist interested in the weather conditions on Great Salt Lake during the spring of 1850. On this day he did interrupt these scientific accounts of climate long enough to scold the men, at least in his journal: "much annoyed by the excessive & vulgar profanity of most of the hands-" A footnote somewhat re- stored his equilibrium when he could write, "The hands having been too lazy to pitch another tent many of them slept in the rain, which was good for their shiftlessness-" Stansbury also pursued a favorite hobby, his evident interest in the bird life of Great Salt Lake, by giving another extended account of his observations while returning from Antelope Island: "Rounding the north point of Antelope Island, we called at the little islet to which we had given the name of Egg Island, to look after our old friends, the gulls and pelicans. The former had hatched out their eggs, and the island was full of little, half-fledged younglings, who fled at our approach, and hid themselves under the first stone they could find. . . . "The young herons had grown, since our last visit, to nearly their full size, although they were not sufficiently feathered to fly. They, too, fled as fast as they could, and `cached' themselves in the recesses of the rocks. When closely pursued, however, they would turn and fight most fiercely. . . . a large number of young cormorants (Phalacro- corax) were also seen, who exhibited the same combative spirit when hard pressed; . . . The stench was very offensive, from the quantity of fish brought by the parent birds for the support of their very numerous progeny." Carrington, Journal, 16 June, p. 35; Stans- bury, Report, pp. 206-7.
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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 327866
Reference URL