Forty-niner in Utah, page 081

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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 081
Description October 1849~June 1850 be engaged by this Comp until late in the fall when if my health will warrant the undertaking I shall go to the mines, had it not been for this situation offering I should have got to California by the middle of summer, but probably with the loss of my health as the journey is fatigueing & the locality of the mines unhealthy. I am not sorry for an opportunity thoroughly to recruit from the shattering which my severe illness gave my whole system & feel that there is no occasion for imprudent haste as the concurrent testimony of all gold diggers & they are plentiful here, is that there is an inestimable quantity of the precious metal in California enough & to spare for all. I do not know that I have more to add respecting myself save that if not so strong as I could wish I enjoy pretty good health a substantial proof of which is that I weigh 18 lb & measure some 3 inches more than when at home. What would I not give for the knowledge that you are all in health & enjoying a reasonable share of peace & prosperity I am very often with you but it is only in my dreams. I awake & your well remembered faces are exchanged for those of strangers; 5000 miles is an awful distance to intervene between those I love & myself; I sometimes think that I could show cause sufficient to justify matrimony. I suppose my dear Sisters are growing rapidly into Women they are at any rate old enough to prove what they promised so fairly for a comfort & blessing to their Affectionate Father & Aunt. Do not once sent a fast rider to overtake the train with orders to countermand any payment of the draft. Brigham Young had had a similar unfortunate experience with Blake who had sub- mitted a bill to the prophet for his services during the expedition to Utah Valley, and Young now advised Stansbury to get a search warrant to recover his property which was accomplished by a search among the vegetables of the doctor's garden. Justice of the Peace W. Farr now ruled, in response to Blake's demand, that the scientist should be paid $1,436 for his services as soon as his final report was filed with Stansbury. The captain refused to accept the report declaring it was inadequate, and Farr finally decided that the doctor had failed to comply with the terms of the contract and denied the payment. Stansbury was jubilant and told his diary, "Expect he will get tired before long." It is probably no surprise that Blake's name is never mentioned in Stans- bury's official report, although until the disagreement between the two men, it should be noted that Dr. Blake had performed his duties conscientiously and with precision. The doctor left Utah to settle in Sacramento, California, where he established himself as a geologist and medical practitioner. Dale L. Morgan, The Great Salt Lake (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1947), pp. 238-39; Stout, On the Mormon Frontier, vol. 2, p. 372; Howard Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 21 April, 15, 29 June, 1, 2 July, Record Group 77, "Records of the Office of the Chief Engineers," Field Survey Notes, National Archives, Washington, D.C. 81
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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 327766
Reference URL