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A MORMON CHRONICLE: THE DIARIES OF JOHN D. LEE (1848-1 876)—Edited by Robert Glass Cleland & Juanita Brooks —Two volumes (824 pp.)—The Huntington Library ($15).

John D. Lee was so bad at spelling that he called his diary his "Diarhea." This makes no odds, because by any other name Lee's Diaries would still remain one of the most extraordinary documents ever written by an American.

This fact has not been recognized before simply because Lee's Diaries have never been published, except for short bits. California's Huntington Library acquired the manuscripts in 1929 from the...

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