Forty-niner in Utah, page 006

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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
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Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 006
Description An Englishman in New York City with, swearing & spitting, most incessantly. & so national that he might serve as the original of Dickens American Before writing some few extracts from my memorandum book I must premise that they are of rather a gloomy character, but do not on this account suppose that I regret making the voyage, not if the disagreeables were a hundred times greater but still as a faithful chronicler I endeavour to give you an unpredjudiced account of what must under any circumstances be unpleasant I am a miser- able sailor & tions of first therefore feel abundantly thankful for the accomoda- cabin; had I been forward lying 3 & 4 in a bed or rather box, not the slightest regard to personal cleanliness, com- pelled to cook & procure my own meals; & amid disease & wretchedness, under such circumstances I should deem a voyage across the Atlantic as about the greatest punishment that could be inflicted. As I was not attacked by sea sickness until 2 days out I had an opportunity of admiring the receding coast; the extreme end of Anglesy is very pretty & romantic, but although 8 days in the Channel, owing to the distance the Irish coast had but the appear- ance of a dark cloud on the horizon. Who can describe the horrors of sea sickness, I lay in my berth totally indifferent to changing my 5 In many ways the American journey of John Hudson, until his venture across the Plains to the Great Basin, was a lesser copy of the American travels of Charles Dickens, at least in the routes taken and in some of the similar characterizations of individuals and places. Dickens was widely read in both the United States and England, and he was obviously a favorite author of Hudson who in many instances refers to Dickens's novels and to the similarities the young Englishman saw in the famous writer's descriptions of American culture or lack of it. After an almost six months' tour of the republic across the sea, from January to July of 1842, Dickens returned home to publish, in October, his two- volume American Notes which soon went through four editions in England. The book was met by angry and vituperative comments from many Americans who accused the author of "ingratitude, the grossest discourtesy, and deliberate falsehood" in his descrip- tions and caricatures of them. Much of Dickens's animus toward the native customs was aroused by the lack of an international copyright law which permitted American book- sellers to sell his books without paying the author a farthing in royalties. There was, too, Dickens's inability to pass up an opportunity to poke a little fun at humanity in general and at his American cousins in particular. By the time of Hudson's arrival in New York City, much of the uproar had died down and at least a few Americans had come to accept that in many respects Charles Dickens had painted a true picture of some of the less gracious aspects of American life. Captain Peabody was just the first of a number of Dickens's "originals" which Hudson was privileged to observe and describe in America. Charles Dickens, American Notes (London: Chapman and Hall, 1842); Ralph Straus, Charles Dickens: A Biography from New Sources (New York:Grosset and Dunlap, 1928), pp. 168, 171,175,177,190-94. 6
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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 327691
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