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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 053
Description March-May 1849 & there was a violent & tumultuous rush Aft from the boilers into the Ladies saloon which is partitioned off from the general Cabin; Such an incursion occasioned the greatest confusion; I was knocked over a chair but recovered my feet in time to see an elderly & lank Gentleman rushing wildly about in his shirt tails, this Individual had before attracted notice by his pompous manner, he turned out to be a Senator certainly sending such a man as this who upon several occasions proved himself an empty fool was no great argument in favor of the collective wisdom of the place so represented. We had run upon a bank & so soon as it was ascertained that there was no danger Everyone put on an air of extreme bravery. I8 I must from want of room miss several pages & next give you some description of Cincinnati. Sundy March 25. The boat remaining here until 2 P M afforded an opportunity to those of us who felt so inclined to attend a place of Worship, the I8 As already indicated, John Hudson's letters to England reflect some of the same senti- ments concerning the United States and its people as those found in Dickens's American Notes, and this is particularly true of the western trips of the two men. Dickens's judgment while engaging steamboat passage from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati that "western steamboats usually blow up one or two a week in the season," just predated a like opinion from John Hudson. While most knowledgeable American travelers agreed that "Those who infer that one steamboat is about as good as another for a man on a journey, will probably become undeceived," they were more specific about the criteria of choice and examined the "character and competency" of the officers, particularly the captain, as well as the sturdiness of the boat. A recent rather scientific examination of river transportation tends to dispute Hudson's claim of an average two-year life span for river craft, and reports an average life span of 5.3 years for the decade 1840-49. When accidents did occur aboard a vessel, they were more commonly caused by snags which usually resulted in property damage rather than loss of life, but the most feared accidents were boiler explosions. During the years 1807 to 1853, when a new steamboat inspection law was put into operation, 7,013 people lost their lives as a result of steamboat accidents in the entire United States. A Captain Embree estimated that only one out of every 2,506 individuals traveling aboard steamboats was injured or killed in accidents during 1848 and asked, "Can any other mode of conveyance compare with this in safety?" Dickens, American Notes, p. 67; Charles Henry Ambler, A History of Transportation in the Ohio Valley (Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1932), pp. 159, 168-69; Charles Cist, The Cincinnati Miscellany (Cincinnati: Caleb Clark, Printer, 1845), vol. 1, pp. 222-23; Emerson W. Gould, Fifty Years on the Mississippi, or Gould's History of River Navigation (St. Louis: Nixon-Jones Printing Company, 1889), pp. 118, 120, 127; Erik F. Hartes, James Mak, and Gary M. Walton, Western River Transportation: The Era of Early Internal Development, 2810-7860 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975), pp. 92, 108, 131, 136; Hall, The West, pp. 174, 178-88, 243, 248, 250-51, 313, 328; John H. Morrison, History of American Steam Navigation (New York: Argosy-Antiquarian Ltd., 1967), pp. 253, 257; Herbert Quick and Edward Quick, Mississippi Steamboats (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1926), pp. 184,323. 53
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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 327738
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327738