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Collins Rowe Hakes letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 466

Scope and Contents

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."


  • 1916


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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

LDS Church leader in Mesa, Arizona.


1 folder (0.2 linear ft.) : 7 p.

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Collins Rowe Hakes letter
Rose Frank
13 April 2011
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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Brigham Young University
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