Forty-niner in Utah, introduction xvi

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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 xvi
Description Introduction fortunate enough to be hired by Captain Howard Stansbury who needed a draughtsman for his expedition to survey Great Salt Lake. The three-month exploration of the lake permitted the artist- writer to have full sway, and we are fortunate recipients of his sketches and journal which he kept of the expedition around the shores of this inland sea. At the end of his work with Stansbury, Hudson then hired out as a clerk to one of the local justices of the peace in Salt Lake City during the summer of 1850. At the fall General Conference of the Mormon church, John Hudson was one of the one hundred Saints chosen to strengthen the new frontier settlement of Manti in Sanpete Valley, over a hundred miles south of Salt Lake City. Here, on December 14, he finally succumbed to an attack of pneumonia brought on by the illness that had pursued him ever since his trip across the plains. Hudson's passing marked the end of a rather unpretentious life, but the artistic sketches and the effervescent letters and journal he left behind provide a legacy which many an individual of greater deeds would envy. As one of his descendants wrote, comparing John's letters to those from a younger brother who had emigrated to Australia, "The brother's letters are not a patch on John's." The unique combination of good humor, uncomplaining acceptance of sometimes rather harsh conditions, a modest appraisal of his own character and strengths, and above all, an artist's eye for the in- teresting and exceptional in the scenes and incidents he portrays, stamps Hudson's writings as a fine contribution to the heritage of western history. His pictures and sketches provide another dimen- sion to the panorama he paints with his pen. It is now appropriate to allow John Hudson to tell his own story of his American `adventure. xvi
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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 327684
Reference URL