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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 032
Description An Englishman in New York City I have been writing some nice things lately-partly Medical- partly, Literary. I wish I could send you copies-but I am afraid I cannot. The worst thing about me, is my tendency to Despair. Early in life, I had this infirmity, and it has done me more harm than any other of my failings-even my grumbling, of which I am so very conscious. But how could I be other than subject to de- patched the gold to Washington, D.C., where it arrived in time to have the announcement of its appearance made part of President James K. Polk's opening message to the Second Newspapers advertised for sale articles deemed indispensable for the successful gold miner: California overcoats; John H. Stevens's matches; India Rubber Goods; Edwards Celebrated Egg Powders; Essence of Java Coffee; Gold Weighers; Pistol Belts and Holsters for California; California Saddles; Lawson's Map of California; California Soap; California Ginger-Bread; Bottle of Indian Chologogue for Fevers and Ague; and, above all, Bruce's Hydro-Centrifugal, Chrysolyte, or California Gold-Finder. As one diarist of New York City recorded, "The California fever is increasing in violence; thousands are going, among whom are many young men of our best families; the papers are filled with advertisements of vessels for Chagres and San Francisco. Tailors, hatters, grocers, pro- vision merchants, hardware men, and others are employed night and day in fitting out the adventurers. " After weeks of such stupendous headlines as "Astounding Quantities of Gold" and "The Mines Inexhaustible," the New York Tribune finally ran out of adjectives and just dribbled off with "The amounts of gold obtained are truly astonishing." It is little wonder that John Hudson and Dr. Shearman's son, William, soon joined the throng of other young gentlemen from the New York area who would seek adventure and golden treasure in far-off California. Henry William Bigler, Bigler's Chronicle of the West: The Conquest of California, Discovery of Gold, and Mormon Settlement as Reflected in William Henry Bigler's Diaries, ed., Edwin G. Gudde (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1962), p. 66; William W. Johnson, The Forty-niners (New York: Time-Life Books, 1974), pp. 36-43; New York Tribune, 4, 18, 23 January, 16 March 1849; Stokes, Iconography, p. 1817. 32
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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 327717
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327717