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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 140
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake Yesterdays detention on acct of unfavorable weather com- pelled Mr Carrington contrary to his expectation to spend another night upon the Island. Our camp was situated on spot well de- nominated Egg point.37 The grease bushes lining the shore for about 300 yards were filled with the nests of the blue heron,38 a number of these birds I started from their homes & with a loud cry & folded necks they rose from the ground & flew in circles high above me. The nests are prettily constructed of interland [?] twigs & are very shallow, somewhat resembling a plate & rendered soft by a number of small feathers these nests were placed very con- spicuously upon the tops of the brush & each contained from 3 to 6 eggs of a sky blue color. In one of them was the egg of a crow which would intimate that these birds so far as a community of houses &c are followers of the Fourier.39 We gathered eggs sufficient for both supper & breakfast & should have had many more had we been here a week earlier, the greater part having been sat upon until almost hatched I could have wished that we had chosen our encampment some little distance from this spot, as the Parent birds alarmed at the unusual sign of ruthless man die [did] not approach their nests but kept flying within a short space hooting their distress & displeasure at being thus outed. The eggs missing the warmth derived from the bird sitting upon them & being in consequence exposed to the inclemency of a chilly night, would be all spoilt. & thus a generation of herons who would soon have been ushered into this world, were doomed never to see the light. I picked up in the course of this days ramble a peice of ex- coriated lava & a pretty stone of limpid quartz. This island may be compared to a huge mineralogical cabinet as it contains but little 37 Carrington, who had previously visited the area in 1848, called it Egg Point (not to be confused with Egg Island just north of Antelope Island). Morgan, Great Salt Luke, p. 367. 38 The Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias treganzai, is slaty-blue in color, has a crested head, and is about fifty inches in length. Evidently, these birds are no longer found on the island. Ibid., p. 372. 39 Francois Marie Charles Fourier (1772-1837) advocated small communities where people would live in common. that society be reorganized into 140
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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 327825
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327825