-- During 1880
In 1880, three years after the death of Brigham Young, the First Presidency was reorganized with John Taylor as president and George Q. Cannon as first counselor. Cannon remained first counselor in the two subsequent administrations of Wilford Woodruff and Lorenzo Snow. During those years, his entrepreneurial aptitude became manifest. (1)
-- Wednesday, Jan 19, 1881
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
At home during the forenoon and [at] 2 p.m. Joseph E. Taylor brot a wagon to Bro. C. C. Rich house and Bros. Lyman, Taylor and myself put bro. Rich in the wagon and took him to the endowment house. where the following named persons met in council, Prest. John Taylor, J. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt, Lorenzo Snow, C. C. Rich, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith and D. H. Wells, John Smith Patriarch, Bp. L. J. Nuttall and Bp. E[dward]. Hunter. We attended to the ordinance of the washing of feet. We had a most enjoyable time. (2)
-- Jan 19, 1881
At 2. P.M. I met Council Pres[iden]t. J[ohn] Taylor & J[oseph]. F. Smith. Apostles [Wilford]
Woodruff, [Orson] Pratt, [Charles C.] Rich L[orenzo]. Snow, J[ohn]. H[enry]. Smith, & [Francis M.]
Lyman, D[aniel]. H. Wells. B[isho]p. Edward Hunter Patriarch John Smith-and Pres[en?]t. L. J[ohn]. Nuttall.
Br[other] Woodruff prayed and we Washed our feet-and then in the Holy order, Lorenzo Snow opened by prayer when Pres[iden]t. Taylor presented in prayer the names of many who have been the persecutors, betrayers & murderers of the Prophets and Saints in this dispensation & who now are laboring to deprive us of our Rights as citizens before the Law-Br[other]s. Pratt & Rich with us. In all day abstinance my strength was marvelously preserved.
I took a doz[en]. towels to the E[ndowment]. H[ouse]. 2 p.m. the following persons met at the E[ndowment]. H[ouse]. President John Taylor and self, Elders W[ilford]. Woodruff, O[rson].
Pratt, C[harles]. C. Rich (in his chair, very feeble), F[ranklin]. D. Richards, Lorenzo Snow, F[rancis].
M. Lyman, John H[enry]. Smith of the Twelve, counsellor D[aniel]. H. Wells Patriarch John Smith, Bishop. E[dward]. Hunter and L. John Nuttall.
President Taylor first read the 123 Sec[tion] of the Doctrine and Covenants (new edition).
Then Bro[ther] Nuttall read a prayer which had been especially prepared by president W[ilford].
Woodruff. We then offered prayer, Brother Woodruff being mouth. We then washed our feet in pure water as a witness against those who persecuted and drove the Saints in Jackson co[unty]. Missouri in 1833, and those who tarred and feathered the prophet Joseph Smith in Hiram, Portage county, Ohio, also those who persecuted the Saints in Kirtland [Ohio], then those who persecuted them in Missouri, then the mobs of Illinois, and finally those who now are persecuting and rejoicing in the persecutions of the Saints. We then clothed in the garments of the priesthood, and offered prayer in the appointed way, calling upon God to remember all those referred to and all others aiding and abetting in the mobbings and drivings of the people of God. Brothers Rich, Hunter, and Nuttall did not clothe but were present all the time. I assisted to get Brother Rich home. Brother F[rancis]. M. Lyman put up with me for the night. (3)
1 - Utah History Encyclopedia: George Q. Cannon, http://www.media.utah.edu/UHE/c/CANNON%2CGEORGE.html
2 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
3 - Franklin D. Richards, Diary; Joseph F. Smith, Diary
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