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Forty-niner in Utah, page 096

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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 096
Description Pioneering in Sanpete Valley alum & the prevalent opinion of gold being found in this region is erroneous. As you may infer we had rather a hard time, & if I could be transported into your midst you would with difficulty recognize your son in my weather beaten rough looking per- sonage. Since my illness my hair which I beleive came off entirely, has grown much darker & with an obstinate curl, that almost pre- cludes a comb a large felt Caln-hat, red flannel shirt without w'coat or coat & pr buckskin Indian breeches & moccasins form my regalia which you will agree with me is more useful than ele- gant So much for my personnel, & now for my temporal condi- tion. I learn from your letter that you still suppose me engaged in teaching the young idea & a thousand thanks for your very kind & Fatherly consideration in the present of books you state you have forwarded. School Keeping in a young settlement is a widely dif- ferent thing from the same occupation in the Old Country. The young have only leisure to improve mind & intellect during the winter months, these past more important avocations engage the attention both of young & old; all are hard at work in the fields & the schoolmaster must turn out & raise grain too. You would be surprised at the amt of work done by the juvenile part of this com- munity & a constant familiarity with horses, Cattle & implements of husbandry gives them a confidence & self sufficiency which you only see amongst us at a far more advanced age, boys here are men & in many cases attend to all the work of the man who is abroad preaching the gospel. I am thankful & have cause, to be able to state that although a stranger & in circumstances so entirely new to me, I have sup- ported myself independently & through my exertions & economy I have now in my possession about $240,00. which you will agree with me is not so bad. I am exceedingly anxious to remit to Uncle, but it will take much of this to get to the mines, but circumstances favoring I shall be able, God giving me health, to send from San Francisco where I have money owing on acct of our Compy. I intend to send $1000 to Birm & this shall be my first effort. The emigration this year is far more numerous than even last" & it is 4 The best estimates indicate that while about 25,000 people went to California in 1849, the next year found 44,000 would-be gold diggers on the trails to bonanza land. For one who traveled the California Trail in 1848, fifty traveled it in 1849, and almost one hundred in 1850. Stewart, California Trail, pp. 292, 296; Unruh, Plains Across, p. 120. 96
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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 327781
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327781