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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 134
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake Wednesy April 17. The air was raw & chill & the sky overcast; notwithstanding the unpromising appearance of the weather the tents were struck & loading carried down to the beach, we had to repeat the wading as the yaul lay in abt 1~2 foot of water at some distance from the shore, this as the water was icy cold was emi- nently unpleasant, my legs ached & by the time I reached the boat were as red as a boiled lobster claw. We were rowing & sailing the whole day & before we could reach a favourable landing place the sun had sunk behind the mountains & it grew rapidly dark, contrary to Cap S. intention we were compelled to land on Fremonts Island as affording the nearest camping ground. 22 A single tent was pitched in which Mrss were five of us, were laid on the lower three, so as to break joints, bringing their heads up to our arms. - "We had a bit of an old sail along, which in turning up the skiff had been well trampled in the mud-this was to be the night canopy, & had been dragged up one side & now stretched over us. The snow continued and though our bodies felt cold enough for congealing water there was warmth enough rising to melt the snow on the sail & let it trickle through to our evident discomfort. The cloth kept the cold blasts of wind from us, still we were a little disposed to find fault with it when it struck our hands or faces as it left so much greasy plaster upon them. On the whole we were forced to own that it was a good friend, & the contact not the `kisses of an enemy' -had it been long enough to have covered my wet feet and head at the same time, it would be remembered with still more affection. . . . "It need not be stated perhaps that there was no sleeping that night, but like all general rules there was an exception in the case of Flynn who laid upon Hardin & myself-he too[k] several `naps' & might have had longer ones but the cold feet of Hardin and excruci- ating rheumatism in my legs & hips mad[e] it absolutely necessary sometimes to move & disturb his painful rest. "Nearly frozen to death we hailed the first streaks of daylight & jumped cheerfully into the icy mud, pushed the boat a couple of miles until the water was deep enough to float & in two hours more we reached the camp and found that the Captain had dry clothes and hot coffee ready to relieve our miserable condition-" Stansbury, in his Report, quoted the Gunnison entry almost in its entirety and con- cluded, "Strange to say, no very serious consequences followed this night of severe exposure. " Carrington failed to mention it at all. Gunnison, Journal, vol. 3, 16 April; Stansbury, Report, pp. 167-68; Carrington, Journal, 16 April, p. 3; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 16 April. 22 Fremont Island is a triangular shaped prominence lying about 5 miles north of Antelope Island and almost 2 miles southeast of Promontory Point. It is s1/2 miles long by 1% in width and covers about 2,945 acres. It is perhaps the only true large island in the lake and rises to a height of 795 feet above the water as Castle Peak which reflects the early Mormon name of "Castle Island" given to the feature. When John C. Fremont explored the island in September 1845, he called it Disappointment Island because of its lack of water and desert-like rocky character. While camped, Fremont lost "the brass cover to the object end of my spy glass," an artifact which became a prize sought by a number of later pil- grims. In the 1860s Jacob Miller found the missing cap when the Miller brothers of 134
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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 327819
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327819