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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 119
Description April-June 1850 men started out again the next morning with the faithful captain admitting "Altho it was Sunday I determined contrary to my usual custom, to pursue the march on account of the badness of the water." They came upon a group of about a dozen Indians who fled at the approach of the white men and finally found a spring of "only tolerable" water at which site they set up camp at 11:OO A.M. The captain decided that his decision to break the Sabbath had not resulted in finding a fountain of youth. l2 Rounding the end of Promontory, the men sighted Fremont Island which Stansbury named "Coffin I.," and the party pro- ceeded up the western side of Promontory where all to find some springs of fresh water. The captain were delighted was quite im- pressed with the pa norama spread before him, "The Western limit of the lake was lost in the dreamy mist which seemed to cover it as with a thin indistinct veil, which would not suffer you to define any one object with precision, whilst it half revealed the whole, leaving the rest west appears to to the exercise of the imagination. The water to the be bold and very deep, & enough has already been seen to convince me of the absolute necessity of a large sail boat from which to supply the different surveying parties on the shore with water & provisions. Wood here there is absolutely none. Not enough to put up the necessary [triangulation] stations." Timber and drink .ing water would have to be obta ined from long distances to supply the survey crews working along the western shore. With some premonition Stansbury wrote, "The magnitude of the work begins to impress itself on my mind, & I fear my force will not be sufficient to complete it next year."13 The next day he was even more somber, "The Country passed over today is barren, desolate & forlorn to the last degree. The silence of the grave seems to hang over it. Not the note of a bird, nor the chirp of an insect to be heard. One crow & one grass- hopper were the only living things seen in the whole days march."`" Deciding to avoid the miry going along the shores, Stansbury l2 Stansbury, Journal, vol. 3, 21-22 October. I3 Ibid., 23 October. l4 Ibid., 24 October. 119
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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 327804
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327804