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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 047
Description March-May 1849 gether in the most fraternal manner & upon whose sympathy & cooperation I can safely rely, makes it impossible to realize what would would be my feelings were this distance accomplished alone & unaided, Certainly there would be a much less Chance of suc- cess. I am more sanguine at this time than I have yet been of the ul- timate success of our expedition. We have journeyed in health & safety 2,200 miles more than half the distance to California the greater part on rivers notorious for the difficulty & danger of navi- gation & we are now among Men who having experienced this journey can speak most certainly upon its difficultys, & the con- clusion we arrive at is that although arduous, when rightly equipped the undertaking is not so serious as may be supposed. I often try to imagine with what feelings you would read the packet of letters announcing this step. Do not think me vacillating in abandoning the intention of remaining in New York. if this is the impression it must arise from imperfect knowledge on your part & inability to properly lay before you the facts that compelled me to leave Uncles employ. I was living happily surrounded by many very pleasant associations & enjoying an easy life & is it probable that I would unnecessarily & voluntarily choose a course peril & hardship if there did not exist convincing evidence of the necessity of adopting some other plan; I could not involve Uncle still further, I believe that his trade in a short time will not be worth pursuing & then what could I have done in the City. You can form no idea of the keeness of competition, & the difficulty of procuring situations' What I have done is with the purest, most honest intentions & motive & God grant that the step may prove to be wise & prudent & successful. I transcribe my journal & send it to you with all its imperfection; it is nearly as I wrote it; in some places however it is considerably abbreviated as it would make the 9 Hudson's diagnosis of business conditions in the United States during late 1848 and early 1849 was accurate. There had been a significant rise in commodity prices from the spring of 1843 to June of 1847, and a real boom occurred during these years. Then, the political revolution in Europe in 1848 and the Irish potato famine sent a large number of immigrants to the United States, a fact which was in part responsible for the downturn of business in late 1848. Also, the "railroad crisis" in England during 1847 retarded the economy there and America reacted quickly to the English recession. Prices did not begin to rise again until the spring of 1849, and the change could be seen not only in commodity prices but also in foreign trade and exports as well. 47
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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 327732
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327732