Forty-niner in Utah, page 077

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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 077
Description October 1849~lune 1850 stores, so if one neighbor should happen to possess an article which another requires there is sufficient spirit of accomodation to help each other & thus, we get along without either butchers or bakers shops. In addition to the position of Pedagogue I figured in the capacity of Clerk" to the settlement, recording such events as were deemed worthy of a place in their archives; these chiefly con- sisted of the details of Indian aggression, advice from our President at the City of the Grt Slt Lake & other matters of importance to this little community, but which would not interest you notwith- standing this double occupation I had abundant leisure, my school duties were over at 4 PM & I had the whole of Saturday sacred to myself, this time I felt desirous of improving & spent it generally in drawing reading or writing; you will be surprised when I tell you that I could take but little exercise this was owing to the hostility of the natives, & the difficulty of walking to any distance for as yet streams must be waded & roads are not, the first object of a young colony being to raise provisions leaving matters of secondary im- portance, until such time that increased means & population put them in a condition to make public improvements; I should have mentioned earlier that I resided at this time not at the City G. S. L. but at a branch settlement in the Utah, a place as you will see on the map a little to the south of the more populously settled valley first named, this community being few in number for security against the savages erected their log cabins adjoining each other enclosing an oblong space of ground & for further defence a picketing made a few ft on the outside of the houses extends all round with the exception of the gate which is left open during the day & closed at night, this arrangement with a rude bastion or shed which served both as a place of meeting & an elevation for the old cannon which is mounted on its roof, constitutes a fort at I7 A careful search of the records of the early Utah Valley settlement and other sources held by the L.D.S. Archives has not produced the narrative which Hudson kept as clerk of the settlement. The "Provo City Branch Record" shows that the Mormon ecclesiastical branch was organized March 18, 1849. There are then a few scattered entries from April to December 10, 1849, when the record skips to October 14, 1851, the very period when Hudson would have been writing the history of the settlement. As literate and descriptive as he was, his report would add immeasurably to the early history of the region, and one can only regret that it has apparently been lost. "Early History of Provo from March 18, 1849, also Genealogical Information," microfilm CR9629, No. 1, 11, pp. 21-23, Genealogical Library, L.D.S. Archives. 77
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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 327762
Reference URL