Forty-niner in Utah, page 141

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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
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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
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 141
Description April-June 1850 else than varieties of rock. I noticed mica schist, basalt mica slate & hornblende & Euphotede?40 Saty April 27. The morning was clear fine & warm & we were all up early with the hope of finishing the survey before Eveng. Having sketched the more interesting landscapes upon the Island I occupied myself in drawing what I endeavoured to make charac- teristic sketches of Mr C. & his men,41 they were working with a will, & by abt. 3 P.M. had finished the chain line & erected a sta- tion on the Weste[rn] point of the Island. We then again embarked on board the skiff & with beefsteak & vegetables in prospect we pulled hard & reached the camp before dusk. There we found the Capt who had not preceded us many hours upon his return from the city,42 & we again sat round our mess table, & did ample justice to the viands both relish & appetite being increased by the row across the lake & the scant allowance of the last day or two. Sunday April 28. Having waited until about 2 pm that the sun should warm the waters of the lake as much as possible, I started 40 William Lee Stokes in Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, page 62, lists the following rock formations on Fremont Island: dark phyllite, tillite, quartzite, chlorite schist, greenstone, and dolomite. Euphotide is a crystalline rock consisting mostly of Labrador feldspar and diallage, with some intermixture of hornblende and augite; it is also called Gabbro. 41 After four days engaged in chaining Fremont Island, Carrington's crew was happy to get back to the base camp. Hudson's sketch of "Mr C. & his men," is titled "Station East End of the Base Line," and found opposite page 121 in the Stansbury Report. 42 After continuing his legal troubles with Dr. Blake and acquiring a new stock of provisions, Stansbury traveled to Black Rock from which he and his men set sail for the camp at Promontory, leaving just before sunset. With a south wind filling the sails, the captain sent his crew to bed while he "continued all night at the helm until near Sunrise, when I sunk down overcome with the cold & sitting so long in one position without exer- cise." The party reached camp early on the morning of April 27, when, as Stansbury described it "The boys led me to my tent & got me into bed almost frozen & heaped all the bed clothes on me they could find including the india rubber tent carpet. For half an hour I thought I should die, my vitals were so cold but the buffalo skins soon began to heat me & I fell asleep." Carrington, obviously of a more pragmatic turn and a constant reporter of such mundane things as the weather, listed the "viands" of the evening meal as "pea soup, beef po tatoe and turnip stew, & beef steak & coffee." Before S tansbury left Black Rock, he experimented with using the lake water to preserve meat by immersing a piece of fresh beef in the brine for about twelve hours. He then found it to be "tolerably well corned." Thereafter, the expedition packed its fresh meat in barrels, added lake water, and found that "the meat kept perfectly sweet" although it was occasionally necessary to mix in some fresh water so that it would not become "what the sailors call `salt junk"' Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 25, 27 April; Carrington, Journal, 27 April, p. 6; Stansbury, Report, p. 171. 141
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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 327826
Reference URL