Forty-niner in Utah, page 166

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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
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Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 166
Description bploring Great Salt Lake Having discussed our modicum of bacon and bread & in the absence of Coffee washed it down with anything but pure element, we lay down & soon succumbed to the influence of the drowsy God. Before however, we slept our souls but especially our stomachs, were gladdened by the sight of a light from the yaul showing her not far distant & as we knew that her considerate Capt would load her with creature comforts the prospect put us all into the most complacent humor.91 Tuesday May 28 We were up with the sun & I accompanied part of our number in a trip to the yaul. The water through which we had to wade was icy cold & my scarified legs gave me so much pain that by the time I had pitched my load into the boat & tumbled after it myself I felt 91 On May 20, when Stansbury left to procure some fresh beef from Antelope Island and some store-bought provisions from Salt Lake City, he had a difficult thirty-six hour sleepless passage to the island. Alternately rowing and sailing the crew pushed the yawl southward through the daylight hours and then all night. Morning found them still fifteen miles from Antelope Island. After a breakfast of bread and cold bacon and nothing to drink, the men continued their sea journey. Stopping for a while at Egg Island near the northern tip of Antelope Island, the captain wrote "The number of gulls and pelicans was, if possible, greater than we had seen on Gunnison's Island. The whole islet was covered with eggs, chiefly those of gulls, and with innumerable young birds, just hatched, the most of which on our appearance instinctively concealed themselves among the crevices of the rocks, while the parent birds, in countless numbers, anxiously hovered over us, filling the air with their discordant cries. Some young herons and cormorants were also found amid this colony of gulls-the former fierce and full of fight, the latter timid and alarmed, running from their nests to the water, where they endeavoured to conceal themselves by persevering but abortive attempts to dive. We filled half a barrel with the eggs, but most of them proved bad." Reaching the Garr herd camp at five o'clock in the afternoon, the captain immedi- ately proceeded on horseback the remaining twenty-five miles to the city arriving there at two o'clock in the morning. Like his colleague Albert Carrington, Howard Stansbury had a high sense of duty towards the needs of his men, but the captain was, at the same time, a strict disciplinarian. When one of the hands, Oliver Wilcox, came into the city from the boat "contrary to my direction," he was promptly discharged. Loading a heavy wagon drawn by six mules with six hundred pounds of flour, potatoes, turnips, coffee, and rice plus fresh garden vegetables, Stansbury headed back to Garr's camp. He was gratified that the range on Antelope Island was superb and that the cattle and horses were in excellent condition. After butchering a beef and loading the yawl, the little expedition started back to the Carrington camp on May 26 and encamped at Promontory Point that night. The next day a storm forced the party to camp for a second night on Promontory. The following day the crew bucked a gale to reach Dolphin Island where camp was made while Carrington's men gazed hungrily across the salty isthmus at the fresh food supplies unavailable to them. Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 24-28 May; Stansbury, Report, pp. 185-89; Carrington, Journal, 27 May, p. 24. 166
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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 327851
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