Jackson, Edward, 1827-1882, Walker, William Z., 1827-1862
Two Massachusetts Forty-Niner Perspectives on the Mormon Landscape, July-August 1849
Reeves, Brian D.
July 11, 1849 to August 2, 1849. Jackson compares Salt Lake Valley's soil positively with that of New England. Jackson also details the activities during the July 24 celebration, including Mormons giving threatening speeches against their enemies in Missouri. Jackson also claims that the Mormons believe that Young is the greatest man on earth. He describes the Mormons as the most ignorant people he has met. Jackson condemns one Mormon's speech as that of an infidel and the music as monotonous. Other than these almost passing references, Jackson's diary is a travel account rather than a description of Utah Mormons. July 10, 1849 to August 5, 1849. Much of Walker's journal is devoted to describing the physical description of the climate and physical lay of the Salt Lake Valley, noting the Jordan River, Echo Creek, the Hot Springs, and the Great Salt Lake. Walker describes a July 24 dinner, being highly impressed with the quality of the food and the hospitality of the Mormons. Walker also notes that 500 Mormons had gathered to give threatening speeches against their enemies in Missouri.