-- Feb 26, 1887
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] I attended a meeting to-day, at which President George Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Franklin S. Richards, LeGrand Young, Aurelius Miner, Bishop William B. Preston, President William Budge, Bishop H.B. Clawson, James Jack, George F. Gibbs, Frances Armstrong and President Angus M. Cannon were present. Disposition of Church property was the subject under discussion. A telegram was received from Washington signed by John W. Young stating that President Cleveland desired us to accept of the Scott Amendment. The matter was fully discussed by all present. In the evening Brother A. O. Smoot of Provo arrived, Brother Chas W. Penrose came in, and the Scott Amendment was fully discussed. Some favored our adopting it; others opposed it. President Cannon said that he would lay the matter before President Taylor, and we all decided that we would supplicate the Lord to direct him in the premises. I was in favor of the Scott Amendment, but felt after hearing all of the brethren talk that it would be a mistake to accept it, and I felt that if it were submitted to the people they would reject it, I favored telegraping [sic] Prest. Cleveland that we would accept it as I was confident Congress would reject it and this would kill the Edmunds-Tucker Bill. I earnestly pray God to inspire Prest Taylor to decide in this matter according to His mind & will. (1)
... Pursuant to notice received last evening I this morning met at the Presidents office in Council at 8. a.m. with Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Angus M. Cannon, Pres[iden]t W[illia]m Budge, B[isho]p Hiram B. Clawson, Abra[ha]m H. Cannon, Francis Armstrong, F[ranklin]. S. Richards, Le G. Young and A[urelius]. Miner. to deliberate as to the best means of securing the Church property in view of the changes that the Edmunds Tucker bill may become a law. Council held till 8 p.m. During the time about 4 or 5 p.m. an important telegram from John W. Young was handed in, read and each one present asked 7 expressed his views as to the propriety of consenting to the terms of Scott s Amendment nearly all answered affirmatively.
See telegram in my papers, which says action on the Edmunds Tucker bill by the President is defered until Thursday next. (2)
1 - Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - "Remarks of the Brethren on Scott Amendment"; Franklin D. Richards, Diary
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