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Off topic, but of Western interest

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 28 June 2014, at 2:28 a.m.

I have a copy of the original 1878 printing of John D. Lee's (tried and executed for his part in the "Mountain Meadows massacre of 1857) "Life and Confessions" book. It is in poor conditions - the boards are gone, and have been replaced with soft cardboard. But, ALL of the pages are intact and fully legible.

What may set it apart is that it is apparently (according to a man to whom I once loaned it) a "different" (perhaps earlier) version of the work, containing material purged from the regular edition. Can anyone confirm that there is such a "lost" version, or otherwise shed any light on what I may have. I am not LDS, and I have not contacted the Church, knowing it to be a sore and controversial event, even to this day. Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

I also have a copy of Charles Siringo's autobiography - and that one IS the "rare" version containing a whole section on the Pinkertons, wherein he names names and tells secrets - omitted from later editions by court order.


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