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Forty-niner in Utah, page 182

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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 182
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake ing in torrents & it was very cold withal, when the boys turned out to assist in bringing the traps to shore. Soon after Cap S. entered the tent dripping & shivering. He had received while upon Ante- lope letters from the States dating April.`28 I perused two or three provincial newspapers they give very contradictory accounts of the state of affairs at the mines,`29 also in the digest of European politics an expected war between Russia & Turkey the latter power backed by England & France.`"" 128 While at Antelope Island, the captain met his "efficient assistant," Lieutenant Gunnison, who had completed his survey of the eastern side of Great Salt Lake and was then engaged in a triangulation of Antelope Island. Gunnison had picked up the first mail of the year at Salt Lake City and delivered a packet of letters to Stansbury. The two men had last seen each other on April 26 when the captain left the city to rejoin the Carrington party, while Gunnison headed for Bear River Bay "to survey the Eastern shore & Kanyons." The lieutenant had had a number of interesting meetings with various emigrant parties, gold-seekers, and Mormon missionaries who were on their way north from Salt Lake City to cross Bear River and then to continue around the head of Great Salt Lake on their journey to California. With the exception of a lot of cold and fatiguing work in the shallow water and on the muddy beaches, the Gunnison party escaped many of the pri- vations of Stansbury's crew whose relentless search for drinking water and constant stint at the oars of the yawl and skiff caused additional misery. Also, Salt Lake City was available to Gunnison and some of his men for an occasional visit and fresh food supplies. Gunnison, Journal, vol. 3,2 April-15 June; Stansbury, Report, p. 206. 129 As Hudson noted, the eastern press by early 1850 was taking a somewhat ambivalent attitude toward the wealth of the gold in California. At least some of the emigrants gathering for the trip west had learned "that there were weeds in this paradise," weeds of high prices, or worse- disease and maybe death. Despite some skepticism, most people in the East and in the Mississippi Valley "still viewed California through a golden haze." While the New York Herald could announce in a headline the "Opening of New Mines of Wealth and Misery," many newspapers preferred such headings as "Gold Still Abundant." Most of the gold-seekers returning to the States were able to exhibit at least a little of the dust apparently still abundant in California. Donald Dale Jackson, Gold Dust (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), pp. 273-74. 130 In April 1849 Hungary, under the leadership of Lojos Kossuth, expelled the Austrian troops and became an independent nation. England opposed the independence of Hungary, wishing to preserve the Austrian Empire. Russia also opposed the Hungarian action because a number of Polish exiles had fought with the Hungarian rebels, and Tsar Nicholas I did not want the revolution to spread to Poland. Russia, therefore, intervened in Hungary on May 8, 1849, and put down the rebellion. Kossuth and several thousand Hungarians plus some of the Polish exiles fled to Turkey. On September 6, 1849, Russia demanded from Turkey the extradition of four Polish generals while Austria demanded the extradition of 4,000 Hungarians. Turkey then appealed for help from Britain and France who both responded by sending their fleets to the Dardanelles in October 1849. As a result of a secret appeal from Turkey, the Russians had already agreed to withdraw their demands for extradition of the generals and, and the affair ended peacefully. The British finally ordered their fleet out of the Dardanelles in January 1850. A. J. I? Taylor, The Struggle for Mastery in Europe, 2848-1928 (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 30-35. 182
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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 327867
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327867