Salt Lake City, UT: Privately printed for Rolla Bishop Watt by Western Printing Company, 1938. First Edition, Limited to 250 copies, this being #203. Hardcover. SIGNED by Charles Kelly. 4to. 294 pp. Tipped in portrait of John D. Lee; numerous black & white plates. Green cloth with gilt lettering in publisher's tan dustjacket. A fine copy in fine dustjacket. Item #18830
John Doyle Lee (1812 – 1877) was an American pioneer and prominent early member of the Latter Day Saint Movement in Utah. He was a friend of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint Movement, and was the adopted son of Brigham Young under the early Latter Day Saint Law of Adoption doctrine. Lee kept a series of journals from 1844, when he became a Mormon, until 1860, three years after the Mountain Meadows massacre. Lee was later convicted as a mass murderer for his complicity in the Mountain Meadows massacre, sentenced to death and was executed in 1877. (Howes 208).