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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 062
Description The illness which John Hudson contracted halfway across the plains left him debilitated and an invalid for the rest of the trip and for his first few weeks in Salt Lake City. Under the ministrations of his new friend, W. W. Major, he began to recover his health and, listening to the stirrings of his basic religious nature and no doubt to the gospel exhortations of his new companions, he evidently joined the Mormon church sometime during the autumn of 1849. Then, having recovered and faced with the necessity of making a living while spending the winter among his fellow Saints, he accepted the position as teacher and clerk of the new settlement located at Fort Utah, in Utah Valley, about forty miles south of-Salt Lake City. After a snowy and cold season as a pedagogue, he volunteered to participa begun to te in a resent short white war against the local Ute Indians who had occupation of their homeland. With the brief assignment over of helping to kill some confused and angry natives, he returned to Salt Lake City in the early spring of 1850 to accept a job as the illustrator for the Howard Stansbury Expedition to explore Great Salt Lake. His letters for this period give some delightful descriptions of various aspects of the city and the proposed new State of Deseret, including information about the crops, the new baths being constructed at the nearby warm springs, the minting of coins from supplies of California gold recently received, the establishment of a University of Deseret, the mechanics of the Mormon legal system, a description of the Bowery or common meeting house, and sidelights concerning the semi-annual conference of the L.D.S. church. Although his letters also mention his resol ve to go on to California, it becomes obvious he is fearful a bout his health and likes the peopl le and the place any- way. One is left with the impression that he "doth protest too much"and that he is looking for an excuse to stay right where he is. 62
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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 327747
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327747