Dorius, Carl C. N., Letter, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24 Sept. 1863, 1.
Elder Carl C. N. Dorius who crossed the plains in this company returning as <from> a mission to Scandinavia writes:
We left Florence in the afternoon of July 25, 1863, climbed the hill back of Florence and camped that night together with Bro. Cederström. The following day we reached <the> Elkhorn, where the company was encamped. I noticed a fault-finding spirit amongst some of the Norwegian saints, who disapproved of the action of those of us who had separated from the rest of the company and kept more to ourselves, but in our little circle
we enjoyed ourselves <the best of feelings existed> and though the journey was somewhat fatiguing and tiresome, we felt satisfied <with our lot.> My brother <John> F. F. [John Frederick Ferdinand Dorius] was teamster most of the way. Much rain fell as we journeyed along, but the grass was good <the first> half <of> the way. One of our oxen gave out after traveling the first 200 miles, and it was with much difficulty that I drove him into Laramie where I sold him for $5.00. On the 24th of September the company passed through Parley's Canyon and in the middle of the day we had our first view of Salt Lake City which was still 7 miles distant. About a mile from the city I was surprised to see my wife sitting in a wagon which had come out to meet us. We rolled into the camp ground where we received the company. My brother John F. F. was yet behind and did not arrive till the following day. During the journey across the plains two adults and seven children had died among the Norwegians. and throughout The journey was no pleasure trip for any of us, but I now feel very thankful to the Lord for our safe arrival <in the Valley.> We were made welcome in the house of Shure Olsen <in Salt Lake City,> and attended the general conference of the Church on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of October. I reached my home in Sanpete Valley on the 16th and thus ended my mission of three and a half years duration."