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Forty-niner in Utah, page 115

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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 115
Description April-June 1850 Stansbury and Gunnison did not reach Fort Leavenworth in time to join Colonel Loring's detachment of Mounted Riflemen. So, with a party made up of eighteen "experienced voyageurs," five wagons, and forty-six horses and mules, they left on May 31, 1849, in company with a party of California emigrants who were led by Charles C. Sackett. Gunnison had been suffering from chills and "intermittent fever" for about three weeks, and just a few days before departing had been warned by an army physician that his "health would not justify the trip to the Mts." Because he was the only assistant to the captain, he determined to go anyway and was assigned by Stansbury to ride on a bed in a spring wagon designed to carry the surveying instruments, "an ambulance for the delicate insts & the delicate in health." At Fort Kearny, which was under the command of Colonel B. L. E. Bonneville of fur-trade fame, Stansbury purchased from an emigrant a small spring-carriage for his long-suffering and still ailing second-in-command, who finally recovered his health by the time the expedition reached Fort Bridger. It is interesting that on the return trip to Leavenworth in late 1850, the captain took his turn as an invalid confined to an ambulance after suffering a fall. Stansbury was rather brief in his report of the accident, and it is left to Gunnison to reveal what really happened. Stansbury had attempted to kick a dog which had entered his tent, and missed his aim with disastrous consequences.4 The trip across the plains reflected the same kind of experiences met by John Hudson and his comrades of the Colony Guard. However, Captain Stansbury did insist on one custom which he followed throughout the two years of the expedition-a day of rest each week because "as a mere matter of pecuniary consideration, apart from all higher obligations, it is wise to keep the Sabbath." The trail was littered with equipment and supplies discarded by weary and desperate emigrants. Some took advantage of the situa- tion to set up blacksmith shops along the way or to go into the business of ferrying parties across the Platte River, at two dollars
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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 327800
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327800