Book Review

December 7, 2017
Book Review
Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman, 1832–1877
Author Richard Neitzel Holzapfel

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Scott H. Partridge, professor emeritus of business administration at California State University–Hayward, died in 2015 before completing his last project, a transcription of the forty-three diaries of his famous relative, Amasa M. Lyman (1813–77). Partridge had previously edited Eliza Maria Partridge's diaries, Eliza Maria Partridge Journal (2003). He is also the author of a number of articles published in BYU Studies, including "The Failure of the Kirtland Safety Society" (12:4, 1972), "Edward Partridge in Painesville, Ohio" (42:1, 2003), and "Two Early Missionaries in Hawaii: Mercy Partridge Whitney and Edward Partridge Jr." (52:1, 2013).

This diary project was a massive undertaking; the publisher reflects, "It is hard to imagine the amount of time the compiler and editor devoted to the diaries" (vii). For anyone interested in early LDS history, especially from the viewpoint of an insider, the diaries provide a clear and expansive window into Mormon beginnings from the early 1830s through the end of the Brigham Young era in the late 1870s.