Collins Rowe Hakes letter

Collins Rowe Hakes letter

Dates: 1916

Typewritten letter addressed "to whom it may concern: and especially my own family." The item was written in Mesa, Arizona, and dated 24 April 1916. It was copied by S. C. Richardson on 1 June 1931. Hakes heard of the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 before he moved to Parowan, Utah, in 1858. He writes with the intention of showing that Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had nothing to do with the massacre. He quotes Young as saying to Hakes: "The time has come when they will try John D. Lee and not the Mormon Church, and that is all we have ever wanted." Hakes was present at the execution of John D. Lee and gives an account of what Lee said before he was shot. Lee regreted that his "friends," the leaders of the Church including Brigham Young, had not come to comfort him in his "time of trouble."

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.2 linear ft.) : 7 p.
  • Creator: Hakes, Collins Rowe, 1837-1916
  • Call Number: MSS 466
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Initial citation: MSS 466; Collins Rowe Hakes letter; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 466, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Hakes, Collins Rowe, 1837-1916--Correspondence; Lee, John D. (John Doyle), 1812-1877; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877; Civil Procedure and Courts; Mormons--Arizona--Mesa--History; Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857; Politics, Government, and Law
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Hakes (Collins Rowe) letter
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Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-06-01T04:22-0600
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LDS Church leader in Mesa, Arizona.

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