Item #37607 A Mormon Chronicle The Diaries of John D. Lee 1848-1876. Robert Glass Cleland, Juanita Brooks.

A Mormon Chronicle The Diaries of John D. Lee 1848-1876

San Marino, CA: Huntington Library Press, 1955. First printing. Hardcover. 344, 480 pages. Very minor rubbing and wear to edges especially at the foot of the spines. No visible name or markings.

The process of publishing John D. Lee's later diaries (Charles Kelly had earlier published his 1846-47 and 1859 journals) began in 1949 when Juanita Brooks found several diaries in the hands of descendants, though these particular diaries would ultimately not be published. She got access to one when she (somewhat surreptitiously) borrowed it from the sister of the owner and promised to give it back-with a free photostat! Over the next several years, she consulted with Robert Cleland about publishing diaries located at the Huntington Library as well as those in possession of the Church Historian's Office. The diaries at the Huntington came from the daughter of the US Marshal to whom Lee had given his papers before his execution. Brooks excitedly dove into her work, sharing excerpts with Dale Morgan and others, even discussing her research with the (in)famous Swearing Elders. The diaries were finally published in November 1955 and sold for a hefty $15 (~$125 today). Condition: Very good+. Item #37607

Price: $100.00

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