Forty-niner in Utah, page 143

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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
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 143
Description April-June 1850 Having wiped off the deposit of salt left in every cranny of our bodies, we left this charming scene & with renewed vigor, wended our way to the white tents, that were standing in bold relief against the dark browns of the adjacent mountain Monday April 29 This morning Cap. S. directed that the camp should be moved to the W side of Promontory range, where at a distance of 9 miles, Cap S. who had travelled over the ground when returning from F. Hall in the winter was of opinion that we should find water? Tents were accordingly struck & the baggage put on board the yaul, the Capt commanding this party proceded by water. Mr Carrington with flag & chain men resumed his survey, leaving me sauntering along to pick up such items as might be of interest. My first performance was to kill an adder who was coiled up & basking in the sun.47 There is something truly diabolical in the appearance of these reptiles. The malignant manner in which he spat & darted his long forked tongue upon the stick, with which by a hearty blow I let out his soul was worthy of a crushed fiend, & if I could by opposing end them I should be almost tempted to commence a crusade against the species. Proceding in the same direction as in our walk of yesterday, I reached our pretty bathing place & catching a little inspiration from the scene & a mild course of Byron, I declaimed to the winds, waves, rocks & sky with most edifying ardor, & presently fell into a fit of musing which resulted in-nothing? 46 Hudson is in er o r r here. Captain Stansbury did not reconnoiter the shores of Promontory Peninsula on his journey to Fort Hall but during his later autumn reconnais- sance around the lake. During this trip, on October 23, 1849, the Stansbury party had left the south end of Promontory Point and "after traveling [north] about nine miles, we came to several springs of good and most welcome water ." As the captain wrote on April 30, 1850, "Moved camp today, in search of water passed by me in October last." Stansbury, Report, p. 102; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 30 April. 47 Hudson would have been familiar with the European common adder, the only poisonous reptile in Britain. The "adder" he describes may have been one of the following snakes identified by E. V. Rawley as inhabiting this area of Great Salt Lake: Wandering Garter Snake, Red-Sided Garter Snake, Western Yellow-Bellied Racer, Desert Striped Whipsnake, Great Basin Gopher Snake, Desert Night Snake, or Great Basin Rattlesnake. Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 297. 143
Format application/pdf
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 327828
Reference URL