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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 057
Description March-May 1849 taken very unwell occasioned by the quantity of mud we are com- pelled to take with the water we drink & indeed with everything eaten, cleanliness being by no means a characteristic of the cooking on board, the usual allowance of a peck of dirt for the term of a mans life would not be sufficient for an inhabitant of either the State of Ohio or Missouri, a blue pill & for the 1st time in 9 years a dose of castor oil were the means employed successfully to produce convalescense The scenery of the Missouri is the very embodiment of desolation I never conceived that there could have existed such boundless forests, where the entrance of anything bearing the mark of civilization seems an intrusion. The river being very shallow there are numerous banks that opposing our passage make the navigation difficult & multitudes of forest trees from some cause precipitated into the river form snags upon which boats are often wrecked these naked branches sticking up in the mud have a ghostly crocodile appearance & are much dreaded. As we slowly but by no means smoothly pass up the river, the view will be grandly changed from the monotony of its general appear- ance by the ignition of some trees in the wood & the sinuous path of the conflagration may be traced until distance or some bend in the river obscures all but the lurid reflection of the burning mass in the Evening sky. I will not compel you to wade through more at this time although I have any quantity of matter & have very much abbreviated the foregoing but will send you the account in my next23 I will state briefly that after having been 18 hours on a 51; Wyatt Winton Belcher, The Economic Rivalry between St. Louis and Chicago, 1850-2880 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1947), pp. 29-30, 38,41, 47, 52. 23 Hudson's temporary illness while traveling from St. Louis upriver to Kansas pre- vented a more extensive description of the trip. Fortunately another forty-niner aboard the same steamboat has left a good account of the journey and his fellow travellers. Joseph Waring Berrien of Belleville, Illinois, was also aboard the steamer, Alice, under the command of Captain Kennett, when it left St. Louis on March 31, and his comments are incisive and colorful. The mid-westerner was completely disgusted with the members of the Colony Guard aboard. After describing some flocks of pelicans and wild geese, he wrote: "Talking of Geese reminds me that we have a large quantity of them on board and those of the greenest kind. There is a party of New Yorkers on board dressed in uniform of Blue Cassimere, armed with Government Rifles Bowie Knives and Colts Revolvers who are the most lackadaisycal Milk and Waterish fellows I ever saw. they are in fact to use the words of M. Morrison, as green as a pumpkin vine From their appearance one would suppose they had never seen more of the world than can be seen from behind the counter of a paltry Dry Goods or Thread and Needle Store and their ridiculous affectation of Military 57
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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 327742
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327742