Forty-niner in Utah, page 155

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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

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 155
Description April-June 1850 Friday May 1O After the party had left I made a sketch of the camp & then taking a course behind the hills that line the shore I leisurely traversed a sage plane until I came to the spot from which I had started on my fatiguing walk of 7 Inst to return to camp. A few hundred yards North the Cap had already encamped & the rain drove in Mr Carrington soon afterwards. During a short inter- val of moderate weather Capt S. Mr. C. & myself walked to the summit of an adjacent hill & from this elevation discovered that we had reached the northern shore of the lake." Among the rocks we found & killed a rattlesnake. Saty May 11 This morning occurred a disagreeable incident which threatened the disruption of the party. Cap S. thought proper to reprimand the cook for being late with breakfast. he re- quested the Capt to provide himself with another man & stated that he wished to leave his service, whereupon after remonstrating upon leaving him in a situation where help could not be obtained, he told him that if he would go it should be without assistance. Never dreaming the fellow would leave at a distance of 70 miles from any settlement, we deemed the matter settled & quietly con- tinued our meal but we found that he had gone to the boat for his bundle. While Henry was thus occupied, the remainder of the boys had got a false impression of the affair into their addled brains & with two exceptions stated to Mr C. their resolve of sharing the fortunes of the Cook & began to collect their traps. 71 The sketch of Camp No. 9 is apparently no longer in existence. As a result of the short reconnaissance by Stansbury, Carrington, and Hudson, the captain recorded in his journal, "The character of the country has changed somewhat: the hills in the vicinity of the lake have become lower, and abound less in rocks, although the projecting points still consist of that material." The lake was so shallow here that the yawl had to be anchored P/2 miles from the shore while the water was "insufficient to float even the skiff which grounded some half mile from the beach." The men had to shoulder the supplies and struggle through the soft mud and sand to the camp. Although Stansbury's formal report carries no mention of the sufferings occasioned by the gnats at this point, he really made up for this lack in an almost lyrical account in his original journal, "I am fully of the opinion that if old Father Job had been afflicted with the incessant attacks of these persevering & sanguinary varmints the record of his wonderful patience would have been marvelously curtailed. They irritate the skin, inflame the blood, try the patience, & occupy both hands & all the attentions to resist the unceasing onslaughts of these fierce little soldiers. I verily believe that they are an invention of Satan to make men swear." Ibid., 10 May, p. 12; Stansbury, Report, p. 180; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4,lO May. 155
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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 327840
Reference URL