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Thomas Dorey letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1796

Scope and Contents

Copy of handwritten letter by Thomas Dorey on October 21, 1850. It consists of Thomas Dorey talking about his goals of travelling to Oregon to possibly work in the mines and later travel to Hawaii and South America. Dorey also warns people to not move to Utah as, according to him, the supplies were scarce, and people were very poor. Dorey suggests he was instructed by the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Twelve Apostles that emigrants should avoid going to Utah and if they do choose to arrive in Utah, they would have to bring provisions. It is unknown to whom he wrote this letter.


  • 1850 October 21


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Biographical / Historical

Thomas Dorey was born around 1823 and was a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, in October 1850.


4 sheets ; 28 x 22 cm

Language of Materials



Utah history (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.b, 2020)

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2023.

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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