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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 031
Description August 1848-February 1849 a barrel full of gold dust home, as a New Year's present, reserving his cargo to bring with him. People are selling off property of Every description, for what it will fetch, in order that they may go to the gold regions. There will be plenty of bargains here for those who have money, and there will soon be an abundance of money. Business here, will be a most Extraordinary thing, and there will be such traffic in everything out at San Francisco, as will make that place grow up into the Liverpool of the United States, in a year or two. I believe my Son William, my second boy, will accompany Mr. MC. They will be capital companions. Young, and fond of enterprise, they will have a great treat early in life, in passing over the mighty rivers, forests, praries, and mountains of this vast con- tinent; amid Indians and wild men of all sorts, as well as Animals of all kinds-to the golden shores of the Pacific. They may become mighty Merchants- they may die on the way, or when there of their hardships-they may become useful men for God-or they may be the agents of the Devil. It becomes us, to pray fervently for the divine protection of their Souls and bodies, and to write to them as often as possible, that they may feel the ties of Nature, as well as the bands of grace. I think, good people ought to go. I am not for letting the wicked have Everything in the World. Gold as well as gifts, may be dedicated to God. I should rejoice, to go there, and work two years, solely for God & his Church-and then spend the remain- der of my life, in using for his glory, what I had thus gained-but I know not what a day may bring forth."' 37 By the time Dr. Shearman sat down to write his letter to his friends in Birmingham, England, the California gold mania had spread throughout the eastern seaboard and among the settlements of the Mississippi Valley. Former Mormon Battalion member, Henry Bigler, was probably unaware of the possible consequences of his news at the time he made his diary entry of January 24, 1848, "this day some kind of mettle was found in the tail of the race that looks like goald." James W. Marshall's discovery at John A. Sutter's sawmill took a while to reach the attention of easterners. The first official confir- mation apparently came from Thomas 0. Larkin, United States naval agent at Monterey, whose letters of June 1 and 28 reached Washington D.C., in September with the news that he had personally seen the statement of one man who had averaged $25.00 a day over a sixteen-day period and many others who had profited to the tune of as much as $50.00 a day. The governor of the territory, Colonel Richard Mason, visited the goldfields in July, observed about 4,000 men at work in the diggings where up to $50,000 in the precious metal was being harvested daily, purchased a little over 230 ounces worth $3,900, and dis- 31
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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 327716
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327716