Forty-niner in Utah, page 092

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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 092
Description After his strenuous three-month stint as a member of the Stansbury exploring party, John Hudson se- cured a position as clerk for one of the justices of the peace in Salt Lake City, but his length of em- ployment is not recorded. Sometime during the summer of 1850 Hudson's precarious health again deteriorated in a debilitating ill- ness. His last letter of July 20 is, as one comes to expect from him, full of delightful scenes and descriptions of Mormon justice, of the Bowery, and especially of the pioneer celebration on July 24. The letter starts out with an announcement of his firm intention to go on to California so that he can dig enough gold to repay his uncle in England but soon changes in tone with enthusiastic portrayals of life in Utah and of the glories of the gospel of the Mormon Saints. It is left to his friend, W. W. Major, to inform the Hudson family in Birmingham that John had joined the Mormon church before his death although his constant references to the good life and wonderful prospects in Deseret tend to convey his real feelings. His decision to pioneer in the new settlement of Sanpete Valley prob- ably came because of a call from his friend Isaac Morley and with the assurance that he would have as a companion a physician, Dr. J. M. Vaughn, just in case his illness returned. The letters from W. W. Major and John Warner to R. E. Robbins and to the Hudsons in England recording John Hudson's passing reflect the esteem in which he was held, and Major's last letter carries the promise that John's effects and mementos will be delivered to the family. It was a poignant and melancholy end for a young man of such artistry and promise whose engaging likeableness and ami- able manner shine through his sparkling prose. 92
Format application/pdf
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 327777
Reference URL