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Forty-niner in Utah, page 048

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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 048
Description To the Plains in `49 letter much too long & as I confidently look forward to the time when gathered round the fire in that dear dark old parlor I shall read to you my adventures to send all now would detract from the interest which I hope would be felt upon such an occasion You must not read the following as you would a letter from a near & dear `relation, if you do you will be disgusted it looks so like book- making but I cannot avoid this, I do not know how others manage but I cannot keep a record of passing events except in the style in which the journal is written & which I assure you is natural to me. March 15 The day appointed by the Colony Guard to take up the line of March I had been much engaged for the last 2 weeks with the treasuryship of the Association & my own affairs. It was necessary to balance the books of the Compy before we started & this took me the whole night satisfactorily to accomplish. About 4 o'clock in the morning in Company with Capt McNulty in whose room I had been working went down to the rendezvous & there a curious scene presented itself The boys were in Costume & had been endeavouring to snatch a little sleep with very imperfect accomodation, the discomforts of the night were however but sources of merriment The packing went on briskly & at the time appointed the word was given & for the first time I found myself shouldering a rifle, formed into military order & marching down to the ferry boat, in company with as fine determined & respect- able fellows as ever banded together with the purpose of carving out a fortune by honourable exertions. The day was rainy but our dress is admirably adapted to encountering all weathers & sun- shine & rain will come alike to us; the standing text of the associa- tion Being Ed'ard Cuttles maxim a Light heart & a thin pair breeches goes merrily through the World my brave boys." lo Captain Edward Cuttle, a former sailor with salty language but a heart of gold, was one of the characters who befriended Florence Dombey in Charles Dickens's novel, Dombey and Son, which was published in two volumes in April 1848. The book was quite a success at the time and outsold the novel, Martin Chuzzlewit, but today is con- sidered of secondary importance compared to Dickens's other works. A Dickens Dictionary describes the captain as follows: "Cuttle. Captain Ned, Late pilot, privateer's man or skipper. A gentleman in a wide suit of blue, with a hook instead of a hand attached to his right wrist; very bushy black eyebrows; and a thick stick in his left hand, covered all over (like his nose) with knobs. He wore a loose silk handkerchief round his neck, and such a very large coarse shirt-collar, that it looked like a `small sail.' When you see Ned Cuttle bite his nails, wal'r then you may know that Ned Cuttle's aground." Although 48
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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 327733
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327733