Forty-niner in Utah, page 169

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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 169
Description April-June 1850 shore. The boat was however pulled round a point of rugged rocks & we ran into a small sandy cove where a singular & striking scene awaited us. The shore was literally covered with Pelicans & gulls. Upon our approach with loud screams they rose from the ground darkening the air & we had a canopy of fluttering wings. The pelicans grave & stately marched in battalions to the shore ready for flight should we approach nearer, than they deemed consistent with their safety. We were at a loss to determine upon what the birds lived, but seeing fish about concluded that they make trips to Bear & Weber rivers, & from thence return with a full pouch to feed the helpless young & aged. One old fellow we came across, who was quite blind & hoary, but although unable to assist him- self, he was in excellent condition & gave evidence of the care with which the younger branches of his family attended to his wants.97 A most amusing sight is a group of unfledged pelicans, huddled together of all sizes from the red wee thing that had just entered upon life to the size of a goose; these last are covered with a short curly down which makes them somewhat resemble lambs in their external covering, but here of course the resemblance ends. The toddling gait with which they shuffled from us, their im- potent anger, excessive fright & their attitudes as they crowded, hustled, & hid under each other, to get out of our way, made a laughable picture. Gull & pelican eggs were met at every step & I gathered a small pail full to test their quality. I boiled them & Mr. C. & myself having a weakness for eggs anticipated a treat at supper. out of about twenty only one was fit for eating, & the rest after having passed the ordeal were pronounced "rather too far gone & thrown away. 98 97 Scientific observers would discount Hudson's idealistic assumption and would more readily agree with Carrington's observation of every bird for himself-during a storm "the hail killed several young pellicans, as the old ones took to the rocks when the hail began-" Carrington, Journal, 1 June, p. 29. 98 The bird life on the island was still new enough that both Carrington and Stans- bury joined Hudson with descriptions. The former, more taciturn, merely wrote, "in this bay are myriads of gulls & pellicans, quite tame on act of their eggs & young-the gulls screaming, the pellicans looking very grave-" The captain, more verbose, noted "Our friends the gulls and pelicans, had by no means decreased in numbers; the former filling the air with their interminable chattering, which continued the whole night, and formed a 169
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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 327854
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