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The collection consists of letters, documents and manuscripts of John D. Lee documenting early life in Utah. There is a letter by William W. Bishop that includes a list of names of persons in and present at the Mountain Meadows Massacre (HM 31237). There are also letters by and to several of John D. Lee's wives. There are six volumes of diaries by John D. Lee which span the years 1846-1876, and one diary of his wife, Rachel Andora Woolsey Lee, from 1856-1860. Many of the items in the collection are contemporary copies or facsimiles -- Many of the items in the collection are contemporary copies or facsimiles
The John Doyle Lee papers (1841-1982) comprise two categories of documents: diaries and journals written by Lee between 1841 and 1851 and documents written about Lee at later dates. The latter category includes book excerpts, a legal document, and a research paper.
Handwritten and signed letter, dated 19 Nov. 1877, and addressed to "Rachel Olive," Lee's daughter. Lee writes from prison where he was held on a charge of murder. He mentions the conditions of his incarceration and the court rulings concerning the divorce of Brigham Young, second president of the Mormon Church, and Ann Eliza Young
Handwritten petition, dated 15 Nov. 1853, addressed to the Utah Territorial legislature, and signed by Lee and twenty-six others. The petition requests that $2000 be appropriated to build a road from Ft. Harmony, Utah, through the St. George Valley to connect with the California Road. The signers argue that such a road would facilitate further settlement in the Washington and Iron counties of Utah
Handwritten diary with a typed copy of the item. Lee kept this diary while serving in Tennessee as a missionary for the Mormon Church. Lee writes about his experiences as a missionary, the people with whom he stayed, the distances he travelled, and the debates he held with local ministers. He also includes poems, illustrations, and some genealogical notes