Forty-niner in Utah, page 074

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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
Format application/pdf
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
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 074
Description Frontier Utah B Hudson Esqr Bull St Birmingham, England B. Hudson Esqr My dear Sir New York March 4.1850 On the rec't of your Esteemed favor of the 25th Jany I took the Earliest occasion of writing to your Son John, Communicating the intelligence your letter Contained, the messages you sent for him, my promises to send him as Early as possible the articles he wants &c & forwarded the letter to the Postmaster at Kanesville Iowa" with the request he would take the first opportunity of sending it Westward-I requested the PM. at the same time to give me information as to the Earliest means of transporting the packages I wish to send & to give me more minute directions than any I have as to how they are to reach Kanesville-I Expect a reply in a few days, when if there will be any advantage in it no time shall be lost whatever in making the shipment here. I am quite certain there are no means of transporting goods across the plains during the winter l5 In 1846 the Mormon emigrants en route from Illinois to the Great Basin located a settlement called Winter Quarters on the west bank of the Missouri River, about five or six miles above present Omaha. They were on Indian lands and government pressure finally forced those who could not go to the Salt Lake Valley in the spring of 1848 to return across the river where they founded Kanesville, named in honor of their friend, Colonel Thomas L. Kane, who arranged for them to settle here "during the pleasure of the president of the United States." Almost 15,ooO Saints gathered at Kanesville (present Council Bluffs) during 1848 and spread out along the river for fifty or sixty miles. The Gold Rush made Kanesville one of the outfitting places for the forty-niners, and by May 15 of that year, the Frontier Guardian estimated that 8,318 persons had already made the town their point of departure. The October 3 issue of the newspaper listed the following advantages for emi- grants to make the town their outfitting place: six stores; two public houses; a bakery and confectionery; a drug store; four wagon shops; two blacksmith shops; an establishment for the manufacture of riding and pack saddles, "Larrietts," packing bags, lashings, etc.; and gun smiths, watch smiths, harness makers, etc. The Mormon settlers, supporters of the Whig party, began to face political difficulties with the dominant Democrats in Iowa and finally were threatened with disorganization of their county. By September 1851 the Mormon leaders in Salt Lake City finally sent orders to abandon Kanesville and move to Salt Lake Valley. The area was virtually deserted by the Saints at the end of 1852, and the name of the town was soon changed to Council Bluffs. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Project Administration for the State of Iowa, Iowa: A Guide to the Hawkeye State (New York: The Viking Press, 1938), p. 203; Brigham H. Roberts, A Comprehensive His- tory of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1930), pp. 40, 50, 52, 130-47, 306, 321, 325, 327-28; Frontier Guardian, 16 May, 3 October 1849. 74
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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 327759
Reference URL