Forty-niner in Utah, page 145

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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 145
Description April-June 1850 to be selfish in an enjoyment, & I consequently permitted the boys to gratify their curiosity by a peep. It was a treat to witness their surprise as they severally ejaculated "Well 1'11 be darned! I never saw the beat of that. I sketched this view, moralized & lamented over the depravity of human nature in general & our boys in par- ticular & then turned in & was soon transported to old England by the magic power of Morpheus. e.e. [?] Tuesday April 30 While drawing the scene above described,53 I was struck with the distinctness which I could hear the conversa- tion of the men as they were receding from the shore & who were at this time at a considerable distance from me. Presumed that it was attributable to the clarity of the atmosphere, which in the Polar region enabled Ross party54 to converse when 1 mile apart. knowledge of drawing, which unfortunately I did not possess." The second method was to use a camera obscura which throws the image of an object or scene on a piece of trans- parent tracing paper laid on a pane of glass as focused by the instrument. But, as Talbot explained, an exact duplication of the objects in view was "difficult to manage, because the pressure of the hand and pencil upon the paper tends to shake and displace the instrument . . . and if the instrument is once deranged, it is most difficult to get it back again, so as to point truly in its former direction." Because Hudson had some skill as an artist he no doubt was using the former or camera lucida technique. Ann Turner, Pioneers of Photography (London: Aaron Scharf, 1975), p. 16. 52 Hudson is, of course, referring to the pseudo-science of phrenology or study of conformity of the skull to determine mental and/or character traits. Based on a hypothesis advanced by F. J. Gall (1758~1828), the fad had some popularity at this time. 53 The survey party moved on this day to Camp No. 5 on the western side of Prom- ontory. The men dug a hole in the sand to obtain some "indifferent" drinking water which gave a "disagreeable taste" to their coffee, and all were relieved when Carrington dis- covered an "abundance of the finest water we had had since leaving the city." Near the rocky mass which resembled an "old ruined abbey" was a "ledge of flat sandstone rock" projecting out from shore which Stansbury named Flat Rock Point. The scene mentioned here by Hudson is probably the one opposite page 173 in the Stansbury Report and entitled "View of Part of the Western Slope of Promontory Range Great Salt Lake." Another picture made at this spot and placed opposite page 172 in the Report is not mentioned by Hudson. It is captioned "West Side of Promontory.-Flat Rock Point." Stansbury described it as a "remarkably elevated cliff or projection of which a sketch was taken by Mr. Hudson." Prior to the move, Carrington recorded a complaint which soon came to be almost commonplace with him, "rose at daybreak & called hands, (a great annoyance to find that hands require calling who profess to do men's work)-" Carrington, Journal, 30 April, p. 7; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 30 April; Stansbury, Report, pp. 172-73. 54 Sir John Ross (1777-1856) conducted three expeditions to the North American Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage. During the second voyage, his nephew, Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862), located the north magnetic pole. After two voyages to the 145
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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 327830
Reference URL