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

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 018
Description An Englishman in New York City are very superior I hope to join the choir as singing among the con- gregation is far from general & when I have indulged have gener- ally been honored by a prolonged stare. my fondness for music is further gratified as I am admitted a member of the old & respect- able Institute the N. Y. Sacred Musical Society24 you will think my hours when disengaged from business spent musically enough as in addition to the above we sing the most delightful tunes in Family almost every evening. The weather at present suits me exactly I have not suffered the slightest inconvenience & although when I first came the heat was excessive & now night & morning it is Cold enough for a fire, yet the atmosphere is so clear from the murky vapours that oppress both mind & body in England that with my regular & temperate habits I never felt better either health or spirits Before you receive this the Presidential election will be over & I hope the excitement too;25 nothing can exceed the ferment here upon this topic, evinced in disputations speechifying & betting, however I cannot learn that either Candidate will favourably affect my prospects so from this selfish eminence I look philosoph- ically on the political turmoil; the Papers here are exceedingly wrath & indignant at the verdict upon S. 0 Brien & one article is so rich that I send it you,26 I was much amused by hearing that Mr 24 The New York Sacred Music Society was established in 1823, and was one of the stellar attractions of New York at the time although the ever cynical George Templeton Strong would write "Heard the Messiah performed last night, . . . and most villainously performed, by the Sacred Music Society. . . . the solo and orchestral parts most atrocious." Strong, Diary, vol. 1, p. 151; Neqd York City Directory, Appendix, p. 14. 25 In the presidential campaign of 1848, James K. Polk declined to run again because of ill health and the strains of office. So, the Democrats turned to old General Lewis Cass, veteran of the War of 1812, proponent of "popular sovereignty" as a solution for the problem of slavery, and a rather pompous man derided by his enemies as General "Gass." The Whigs chose the "Hero of Buena Vista," General Zachary Taylor, to lead their forces. They thought he was an excellent candidate because although opposed to the extension of slavery, he was a Louisiana plantation owner and the master of many slaves. The anti- slavery men opposed both Cass and Taylor, organized the Free-Soil party with ex- president Martin Van Buren as their nominee, and adopted the slogan, "Free soil, free speech, free labor, and free men." As a war-time hero and a candidate who could support two sides of the issue of slavery, Taylor won the contest when Van Buren took enough votes away from Cass in New York to deliver the state to the Whigs. 26 William Smith O'Brien (1803-1864) was an Irish nationalist who served as a member of Parliament for two periods of time, 1828-31 and 1835-49, and worked for Catholic emancipation, poor relief, and improved education for the Irish people. He 18
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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 327703
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327703