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An overland journey from San Francisco to New York by way of the Salt Lake City

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2217

Scope and Contents

Handwritten copy of an article published in the "Good Words and Sunday Magazine" on 1 June 1866 (vol. 7, pp. 380-393). After serving as a gunboat captain in British Columbia, Verney made the overland journey by stage coach from San Francisco, California to New York City in 1865. Verney was a well-educated traveler and his description of the overland route is extensive. Stage coach traveling was exhausting and Verney describes both the rough conditions and his fellow travelers. Trouble with Indians pervaded. Verney made an extended visit to Salt Lake City and met with Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball. While unimpressed with Mormonism, he approved of Salt Lake City. The piece ends with Verney at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York City.


  • 1866


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from An overland journey from San Francisco to New York by way of the Salt Lake City must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

Prominent British citizen. Verney served in the Royal Navy for twenty-six years and was elected to four years' service in Parliament.


1 item (49 p.)(+ 1 photocopy 49 p.)(+ 1 typescript 50 p.)(0.09 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Purchased through Argosy Book Store in 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Argosy Book Store; 1984.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of original available in Folder 2. Transcription available in Folder 3.

An overland journey from San Francisco to New York by way of the Salt Lake City
In Progress
Benjamin Sipes
2010 October 4
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
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