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Forty-niner in Utah, page 108

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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
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 108
Description Pioneering in Sanpete Valley loved friend which I cannot do in a Letter, but to the Matter in hand, a few weeks only after Johns departure to his father in heaven, Dr. Vaughan was detected again with a Woman while her husband was away in S. Peete and on the return of her husband Mr Hamilton, he Hamilton Sought out the Doctor and Shot him dead Hamilton Gave himself then up to the authorities he took his trial and was Acquited, and thro that transaction (which has been the only one that has disturbed the Peace of that quiet Valley since it has been settled)`" before there could be any preventives I8 Azariah Smith of Manti described in his Journal the affair between Vaughn and Madison D. Hambleton: "Thursday February the 6th [1851] Last Sunday . . . after the meeting was dismissed I started for home, but after geting about 20. foot from the door I stoped to look around and just as I looked around I heard the report of a pistol shot about four foot from me, which was loaded very heavy; I instantly looked around and saw brother Hamilton just taking his pistol from his face, having shot doctor Vaughan through his left arm, and in to his body, and it is supposed that the boll struck his heart. . . . [he] did not live but a short time. Brother Hamilton had been up north to work, and while he was gone, this doctor Vaughan had been keeping company considerable with his wife, and it was proved that one night as she was undressing herself to go to bed; (there being a young man and woman in the room at the time), the doctor came in; Mrs. Hamilton immediately dressed herself again and seting down by the side of the doctor they played and joked together awhile when the doctor blew out the candle and then covered up all of the fire. they then went back in the back part of the room, and stayed for some time. They then came back to the fire lighting the candle: and the young man that was there says that he told doctor Vaughan at the time that Hamilton would shoot him, but he said that old folks knew more than young ones. there was other instances of the same kind proven against him and it was hinted to him by several that if he did not change himself that he would get shot, but after Hamilton came home the doctor every chance that he could get he would slip in with Mrs. Hamilton; and she has been a mean character for some time. And Hamilton being somewhat mad, on Sunday after meting shot down the doctor; and he said that the children was all that saved his wife." Hambleton then surrendered to the bishop who sent him with another man as guard to Salt Lake City for trial. Vaughn's property, which, as Major said, probably included some of Hudson's effects, was given to the bishop. Vaughn was buried at Manti. The Supreme Court of the territory heard the case against Hambleton who was represented by Governor Brigham Young with Hosea Stout as the attorney for Deseret. Stout wrote, "His [Vaughn's] seduction & illicit conversation with Mrs. Hambleton was sufficiently proven. I was well satisfied of his [Hambleton's] justification as well as all who were present and plead to the case to that effect. He was acquitted by the Court and also by the Voice of the people present." The court was not a trial but a Court of Inquiry, and the fact that the governor spoke in justification of Hambleton's action cleared him of any wrongdoing. Another point of view towards the proceedings of the Court of Inquiry was expressed by Nelson Slater in his litany of charges against the Mormons in his book Fruits of Mormonism. According to Slater, the hearing did not last more than fifteen minutes; the witnesses were not sworn; Hambleton had paid the expenses of those who came to the city to testify for him; no proof was advanced that Dr. Vaughn was guilty of any crime; and "Immediately after the acquittal those present uttered loud cheers, and said to Mr. Hamilton, God bless you brother Hamilton." 108
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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 327793
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327793