Forty-niner in Utah, page 098

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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
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Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 098
Description Pioneering in Sanpete Valley a large wooden building, the walls however being made of adobes capable of holding upwards of IOOO people. This is called the Bowery & is used for all publick meetings.' The scenes than trans- pire are very characteristic of Americanism & would make you, accustomed to the form of an English Court of justice, smile at its oddity. We gather round a deal table, the Magistrate, for the weather is hot, with his coat off sits amongst Constables, Attor- neys & prisoners, & for further convenience, rests his legs by stick- ing them on the table, kindly affording the throng of lookers on an opportunity of ascertaining the health of his soles. During the pro- gress of the case, pretty much all are industriously engaged in whittling, grieviously to the detriment of table & benches which they slice without the least compunction. The dresses of the semi armed emigrants are often picturesque while the easy colloquial manner in which business is transacted, makes a novel scene But all this does not interfere with the administration of justice in right- eousness. & the Mag.[ istrate] is honest, clear headed & impartial. $100.00. Anoth er guilty man, without any funds to pay a fine, was sentenced to work out his costs and was "put in the service of Sister Charles C. Rich to work out for her the judgement of 45 dollars." Patty Sessions, in another case, was more succinct, "public sale of some boys that had been stealing." A Gentile was arrested in Sanpete Valley for stealing three horses from the local Indians and was "sentenced to work on public works for three years. " These were somewhat typical. Stout, On the Mormon Frontier, p. 376; Patty Sessions, Diary, p. 58, Utah State Historical Society; Azariah Smith, Journal, 6 February 1851, L.D.S. Archives. 8 The first Bower-y, made of brush and tree limbs, was forty by twenty-eight feet in size. It was built by returning Mormon Battalion members on the present Temple Block in 1847, for worship and as a summer meeting place. In October 1849 the local militia, Nauvoo Legion, was commandeered to help erect a more substantial Bowery for all-year use. The soldiers "simply by request, repair to the Temple Block and with pick and spade open the foundation for a place of worship, and erect the pilasters, beams, and roof; so that we now have a commodious edifice 100 by 60 feet, with sundried brick walls, where we assemble with the Saints from Sabbath to Sabbath." Some 7,000 feet of lumber were used in the construction which required 100 posts to support a roof made of boughs and dirt. In addition to church services, other public affairs, such as band concerts and "Dramaticks, Farces, Songs, dances, music etc" were held in the Bower-y. It could hold about 3,000 people. One disapproving traveler explained that an inclined stage was pre- pared at one end to seat "the seventy two Elders-their twenty-four prophets-twelve apostles-a bishop for every ward in the city and all the rest of the retinue of his highness, Brigham Young !" In later years the building was converted into a theater for the use of the Musical and Dramatic Company and the Deseret Dramatic Association. Stout, On the Mormon Frontier, pp. 327, 332, 372, 386; Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom, pp. 46, 54; Manuscript History, October 1849, p. 142; Madison Berryman Moorman, The Journal of Madison Berryman Moorman, ed., Irene D. Paden (San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1948), 21 July 1850, Whitney, History of Utah, vol. 1, p. 412. 98
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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
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Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327783
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