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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 034
Description An Englishman in New York City my fortune as a Gold digger. I am not so sanguine as to paint a picture of my victorious return before the commencement of the campaign; but looking at it in every way, I believe that Uncle & yourselves will be the better for this step. I am associated with a band of noble whole soul'd Fellows who I firmly believe will abide by the laws which we have framed for our guidance.38 I feel ex- ceedingly honoured in their having elected me, a foreigner & but little acquaintance with the Country to be the Treasurer & Chap- lain & will strive to the utmost to fill both places with credit. You will learn that I have taken every precaution to secure my share to Uncle & Father in case of my decease.39 Should I be spared I will in a few years be again with you, with enough of the root of all evil upon which to rear a goodly genealogical tree; a real live Califor- nian Gold digger. But you know my determination I never return to Birm- unless in a position to render material assistance to all of you & as I have not formed or am likely to form any engagement that interferes with these resolves & since it is my fondest wish that I may be able to render the declining years of our beloved Father free from pecuniary difficulties, I trust that this pleasure will be permitted to me & that our next meeting will be a proud & happy one to us all. Until I again see you in my own proper person I must beg of you to content yourselves with a dagguerrotype portrait, which in order to impart a further interest than you could have in looking upon my uninteresting Phiz, is taken in the dress which we wear while travelling across the Praries;4" You see that I am already 38 An examination of the Preamble and Constitution of the Colony Guard, Appendix, reveals that it must have been printed in a hurry and with very little editorial correction because Articles VI, VII, and XI are missing although Article VI is mentioned in Article XIII. When compared with constitutions and bylaws adopted by other emigrant com- panies, the Colony Guard document is much more detailed, very much oriented toward keeping the would-be miners on a proper Christian path, and much less pragmatic than those used by the mid-western companies. In one edition of the Frontier Guardian (Kanes- ville, Iowa) of May SO, 1849, the constitutions and bylaws of four different outfits were printed. Comparing them to the Colony Guard, one finds that the agreement of the New York "gentlemen" had a much tighter organization with more attention paid to chaplains, financial investments, safes and keys, and proper burials. The mid-western companies were much more informal but also more practically-minded. They were concerned with guards, the firing of weapons, inspection of outfits, and sobriety along the trail. 39 John Hudson's will appears in Appendix. 40 This daguerreotype of Hudson has not been located. 34
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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 327719
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327719