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Charles Durkee correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4117

Scope and Contents note

There are three letters in the Charles Durkee correspondence written to Friend Cheney.

1) July 11 or 16, 1859, from Kenasher, Wisconsin. Durkee regrets to learn that Cheney and his wife are sick. He gives Cheney estimates on the cost of land around Lake Michigan. He says business is still depressed in the West.

2) February 2, 1860, from Washington. Durkee tells Cheney that General Fenton will work to influence the committee for a favorable report on Cheney’s petition. If General Fenton gets a bill framed in the House, Durkee will work on getting support for Cheney’s petition in the Senate.

3) December 16, 1861, from Kenasher, Wisconsin. Durkee gives Cheney information on buying a lot in Waukegan, Illinois. Durkee says he is confident that God will [overrule] whatever takes place in the present struggle for the liberation of the oppressed and the diffusion of free principles.


  • 1859-1861


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Charles Durkee correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Charles Durkee (1805-1870) served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican and as the governor of Utah.

Charles Durkee was born on December 10, 1805, in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont. In 1836, he became one of the founders of Kenosha, Wisconsin (originally called Southport). He served in the United States Senate as a Republican from 1855 to 1861. He was a member of the 1861 Peace Commission. He was the governor of Utah in 1865-1869. He passed away on January 14, 1870, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Information from notes on typescript of first letter, and from


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Three letters written to Friend Cheney from Charles Durkee, 1859-1861.

Custodial History note

Donated by Autograph Alcove in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Autograph Alcove; 1990.

Appraisal note

Utah political history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 2007.

Register of Charles Durkee correspondenc
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States