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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
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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 161
Description April-June 1850 which they had drifted, & about 3 P.M. the party arrived at our camp.81 Monday May 20 Capt Stansbury started for the city to bring out a supply of provisions leaving Mr. C. & his chain party & myself at this camp. I had anticipated visiting the City for the purpose of transacting some business bringing out oil colors &c. & was much disappointed when Cap. S. wishing me to remain left me no alter- native but to endure a further residence in this land of midges & interminable sandflats. 82 Tuesday May 21 We are encamped upon a spot called by Mr. C a grease bush Island, situated in an immense sandflat a very long distance from the lake, from which every thing has to be packed, & very much farther from water fit for use. It is a fortunate cir- 81 Although the chaining crew was not far enough advanced southward with its survey, the impossibility of providing a fire for cooking led the captain to try to move the camp. Sending the skiff northward in search of water, Stansbury loaded the yawl with the camp gear and then decided to follow the skiff to help in the search for water. After depositing the supplies on a makeshift platform, he moved north and passed the skiff, anchored the yawl, and went ashore to procure a supply of water. When he and his men returned, he found that a northwest wind had driven the ten-inch deep water a half mile to the east leaving the yawl high and dry. Sending the skiff with a supply of water for the Carrington shore party, the captain and his men settled down in the yawl hoping that a south or east wind would return the lake to the grounded boat. Instead, the wind shifted again and while the men were asleep, the yawl was driven farther ashore. Finally, the next morning the direction of the wind changed enough to raise the water level so that the boat could be refloated. As the captain explained, "It will thus be seen that the rise and fall of the water of any particular locality is dependent in great measure upon the force and direction of the wind, making a difference of nearly a foot in a very short period of time. This, of course, makes a corresponding difference in the extent of the sand-flats, amounting, in many cases, to miles in width." He hoped that the past week "of unusual exposure and fatigue to both parties" was now behind them and that the "worst has been overcome. " With nothing but fat salt pork and dried beef left for food, the captain determined to leave the next morning, May 20, for Antelope Island to get a supply of fresh beef and to send a team to Salt Lake City for flour, coffee, and other provisions. As he said, "all hands [were] in an excellent humor for getting to c,mp where fumes of coffee were already rising in our imaginations." Carrington, Journal, 18, 19 May, pp. 16-17; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 18, 19 May; Stansbury, Report, pp. 185-87. 82 Stansbury wrote of Hudson's request, "Mr. Hudson requested to go with me, but as he confessed that he had no particular business in town & as I thought it proper that he should remain with Mr. C. who would otherwise be alone, I was obliged to refuse him. He was very angry but wisely said nothing." As usual, the captain said nothing of this in his official Report, but it is interesting that he would think of Carrington as being left "alone" without Hudson despite the presence of all the "hands." Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 20 May; Stansbury, Report, p. 187. 161
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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 327846
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327846