Forty-niner in Utah, introduction xiv

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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, introduction xiv
Description Introduction parents of eight sons and three daughters, William being the first child and John the second in what was even then a comfortably large household. The family Bible records that John Hudson was born February 20, 1826. By 1839 he was a student in a private school at Chorlton Hall, Hume, a private home of rather large dimensions which was converted into a school sometime in the early nineteenth century. It was located about a mile from Manchester on Rutland Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock. Although John was only twelve yea rs of age when he matricu- lated at the private academy, letters to his father reveal a writing skill and a keen sense of observation even at this time. As his American letters and journal show, he had been trained to write copperplate, or copy-book script, a nickname applied to English round hand characterized by precision but a rather showy and splendiferous "command of hand." In his youthful correspon- dence, he implores his father to allow him to continue his dancing and drilling classes, and one wonders if his later participation as a private in the Colony Guard gold-seeking expedition in America might not have brought back memories of his school-day drills. He assures his father that "dancing is good for strength" just in case the elder Hudson might be concerned with the effeminacy of the exer- cise. Young John also shows his early interest in art by writing that he had attended a Mr. Smith's lectures and exhibits of models and paintings. He ends this note with the necessary comment, "I paid for them myself." In a longer letter he describes a visit to the zoological gardens which again shows a native curiosity and a way with words. He watched "three such pretty little monkeys not more than 3 inches high and they chattered and grinned if we came near them." In the bird house he "saw a great many Parrots who had the most beauti- ful plumage and one of them sung and whistled so well that I thought it was some person outside." The very existence of these letters in the family records indicates a conviction on the part of someone that John Hudson had unusual powers of perception and written expression. With a solid English education behind him, John at age twenty- two could perceive no future in the family printing and stationery xiv
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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 327682
Reference URL