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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
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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
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 010
Description An Englishman in New York City from the bustle around, resembles a huge human hive." All Ameri- can Hotels are conducted upon the following agreeable & com- paratively inexpensive plan. For $2 a day or $10 pr week there being no extra charges, you are furnished with 4 luxurious meals, a peculiarity of which is the vast quantity of ice that is used. In order that you may have some notion of American luxurious living I en- close you the bill of fare, the charge to this dinner being 75 cts. The first night of my arrival was signalized by a most destructive fire at Brooklyn which perhaps has been noticed in the English papers." I saw it the following day the ruins covering several acres were still smoking occasioning an intolerable atmosphere. The appearance of New York is very foreign partly owing to the character of the Buildings & the numerous trees lining the streets, & partly to the stylish appearance of Every body; indiscriminately, from the bearded lounger at the Hotel down to the porters & car men; all are dressed in a fashion that with us is unapproachable. & inde- pendantly of dress the national spirit of independence is very obvi- 9 "Mr. Astor's house," built in 1834, was described as "a veritable Pulais Royal, the most luxurious building of its kind on the continent, and inferior to no hostelry in Europe." It was located on Broadway between Barclay and Vesey streets and was 201 feet by 154 feet, 6 stories tall, with 17 bathing rooms plus some water closets in the basement, 18 shops on the lower floor and 390 rooms to provide accommodations for 600 guests. The Astor House featured free soap, a French chef, individual room keys, bellboys, and hot water heat. The hotel was illuminated by gas lamps which unknowing visitors some- times confused with kerosene lamps by blowing them out and thus inviting asphyxiation. One guest recorded that "the door of our room 1, `c full of holes where locks have been wrenched off in order to let the coroner in." The Astor Hotel was a tremendous success, and British visitors were especially enthralled, comparing its granite to the London Bridge and its courtyard to an Oxford Quad. In 18% the Astor House presided over a city which could claim 501,732 white citizens and 13,815 "free colored who were all crowded into the 19 wards which divided the city." Arthur D. Howden Smith, John ]acob Astor: Landlord of New York (Phila- delphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1929), p. 277; Kenneth Wiggins Porter, John Jacob Astor: Business Man (New York: Russell and Russell, 1966), pp. 994-96; Michael and Ariane Batterberry, On the Town in New York: From 1776 to the Present (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973), pp. 60-65; U.S., Department of Interior, Statistical View of the United States, . . . being a Compendium of the Seventh Census, . . . 18X lo The "Tremendous Conflagration in Brooklyn" started when a camphene lamp exploded in the backroom of a crockery store and within six hours' time had spread over eight blocks destroying almost three hundred buildings, property worth $1,500,000. It took the Brooklyn firemen plus twenty engine and hose companies from New York City to control the blaze. Because of a drought, the water in the cisterns was low and the fire- men had to pump water from the river. When these efforts failed to stop the spread of the fire, houses were blown up in the path of the flames. Several people were killed. New York Tribune, 11 September 1848. 10
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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 327695
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327695