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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 036
Description An Englishman in New York City tage for colonization; but then the risks are great, the privations greater & the labor greatest, & this will serve perhaps to dampen the ardour which he felt in his more juvenile days. I hope you will be able to procure Fremonts Geographical memoir upon Upper California addressed to the Senate or his journal descriptive of the route42 or Bryants what I saw in California which will give you a correct idea of the journey & the Country.43 I shall be able to write letters, which I will make as interesting as possible, & intend keep- ing a journal, so that even do I not at present have the pleasure of reading your opinion & the expression of your wishes & the inter- esting detail of home news, you will still receive an account of my adventures & progress, Through my recommendation & solicita- tion Mr Robbins fits out Wm Sherman & he accompanys me. I know that he will be a comfort & that he will take every oppor- tunity of evincing his gratitude for having placed him in the high 42 John C. Fremont's first expedition of 1842 terminated at South Pass in the Rocky Mountains while his second exploration in 1843-44 connected with the first at South Pass and continued west to Oregon and then to northern California. Twenty thousand copies of the report of the first two expeditions were ordered printed by the United States Congress and it appeared under the title, Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-`44, S. Rept. 174,28th Cong., 2d sess., 1845. While Fremont was on his third journey to explore the Rocky Mountain sources of the Arkansas, Rio Grande, and Colorado rivers, which was completed in September 1847, the United States Senate ordered that two maps be made-one of the Central Rockies and the other of Oregon and Upper California. Charles Preuss, assistant in the first two expeditions, was given the task of drawing the maps aided by Fremont. In June 1848 Fremont submitted his report of the third expedition which was published under the title, Geographical Memoir Upon Upper California; In Illustration of His Map of Oregon and California, S. Miscellaneous Rept. 148, 30th Cong., 1st sess., 1848. By December 15, 1848 New York papers were advertising the first work in one volume of 278 pages, with a paper cover, for only twenty-five cents. New York Tribune, 15 December 1848. 43 For the higher price of $1.25 the would-be gold diggers of 1849 could also purchase Edwin Bryant's What I Saw in California Being the Journal of a Tour, By the Emigrant Route and South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, across the Continent of North America, the Great Desert Basin, and through California, in the Years 3846, 1847, 7th ed. (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1849). This edition had an Appendix containing accounts of the gold mines, various routes, outfit, etc. Bryant had been alcalde of San Francisco and wrote in his Preface that he had given "a faithful sketch of the country through which he travelled-its capabilities, scenery, and population. He has carefully avoided such embellishment as would tend to impress the reader with a false or incorrect idea of what he saw and describes. He has invented nothing to make his narrative more dramatic and amusing than the truth may render it ." If his claim were true, the same could not be said for the newspapers which outbid one another with their extravagant headlines and amazing stories. New York Tribune, 12 January 1849. 36
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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 327721
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327721