Forty-niner in Utah, introduction xv

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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 xv
Description Introduction business which tradition decreed would go as an inheritance to the oldest son, his brother William. He was, therefore, delighted when his mother's brother William Edwards offered to finance a journey to New York City where John would take over his uncle's import agency States. and sell the Edwards line of merchandise in the United Edwards's business was advertised in the Directory of Bir- mingham as Birmingham being a "pocket book lock Histo ry and Directory as manufacturer" and in the a "cabinet brass founder and locksmith." Nephew John was expected to conduct the sales and administer the trade for his uncle's products in the New York City area. Leaving Liverpool in August 1849 aboard the ship Cambridge, the young man was soon engaged in writing the first of his twelve letters of life in the new world of America. While enjoying the plea sures of sightseeing and becoming acquainted with the social and religious life of New York City, he soon discovered that poor economic conditions portended only failure, and he expressed real concern over whether he could survive in the high-priced atmos- phere of Gotham. The news of the discovery of gold in California, therefore, provided a possible escape from penury. When his Uncle William, also attracted by the magical allure of the golden shores of the Pacific, offered to finance his journey to the mines, John accepted eagerly. Attached to the Colony G of high-minded young gentlemen, he set out across down the Ohio, and up the Missouri to Kansas where he and his companions prepared for the dash across the pla ins to the treasure awaiting them. His ill .ness from cholera or ` `mountain fever" forced a disappointing stop at the Mormon City of the Saints where he decided to spend the winter before proceeding across the desert to California. ,uard Company the mountains, John Hudson's temporary stop at Salt Lake City lengthened into one of about sixteen months as he recovered from his illness, joined the Mormon church, and contracted to spend his first winter in the Great Basin as a teacher in the frontier settlement of Fort Utah in Utah Valley. By February of 1850, his pedagogical duties at an end, he spent two days as a volunteer militiaman in a battle with the local Ute Indians and heard the whistle of bullets in the air before leaving again for Salt Lake Valley. There he was
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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 327683
Reference URL