A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary--a reference book that was far more familiar in the 19th century than it is today. This morning, Laura Margolis sent Gossips two gazetteer entries for Hudson--one from A Gazetteer of the World, published in Edinburgh in 1850, and another from the 1895 edition of Lippincott's Pronouncing Gazetteer of the World, published in Philadelphia. Both entries are interesting reading but even more so when read together. Judging from these two gazetteer descriptions, Hudson seems to have made great progress in the forty-five years between 1850 and 1895. The first entry is from A Gazetteer of the World, 1850.
The following entry is from the 1895 edition of Lippincott's Pronouncing Gazetteer.