Moore, John (1826-1907) to James Kelly
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04194.11 Author/Creator: Moore, John (1826-1907) Place Written: Camp Floyd, Utah Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 December 1858 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 22.9 x 17.9 cm.
Describes a Christmas dinner party he gave, mostly for men from the Medical Corps. Two or three balls were given, but Moore chose not to attend because he considers Mormon women dumb and unattractive. Discusses the Mormon block to holding court for the trial of a man who murdered a deaf and dumb boy. Mentions a message issued by President James Buchanan and the speed with which it crossed the Rocky Mountains, and comments that it is "unnecessarily filled with Kansas."
Moore was an army surgeon on duty during the Utah War, 1857-1861. Kelly was the husband of Moore's sister, Mary.
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