-- Wednesday, Aug 3, 1887
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
I met my much loved kinsman Joseph F. Smith this morning for the first time in nearly five years. With what excessive Joy I took him in my arms and huged him.
At 10 a.m. the following named brethren met in Council: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself. Several brethren spoke upon the rights of the Twelve and that they should not be belittled before the people of the Church and some felt this had been done for some time past. Some of the remarks reflected upon President G. Q. Cannon and he felt some what nettled. F. M. Lyman moved that G. Q. Cannon be restored to his place in the Quorum of the Twelve. It was seconded, but Bro. Cannon objected to its being put as there was feelings against him. Moses Thatcher moved that Joseph F. Smith be restored to his place in the Quorum of the Twelve. He said he desired to be so restored to his place and labor with his brethren.
It was deemed best to adjust whatever was wrong in the case of Bro. Cannon and proceed with him first. After a few mutual explinations they were both restored and hands shaken.
After the adjournment of the Counsel Bros. W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells and myself met and talked over the J. Q. Cannon and Luie Wells matter. Bro. G. Q. Cannon explained that whole matter and took upon himself much responsibility and said he was willing to do what his brethren might require. Bro. D. H. Wells spoke in great plainness and we forgave each other and shook hands and were happy. (1)
-- Aug 3, 1887
[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] Aug 3 I met this morning at 10 oclok with The following Members of the Twelve Apostles were preset: W Woodruff Lorenzo Snow F. D Richards Moses Thatcher John Henry Smith F M Lyman H J Grant & John W Taylor & George Q Cannon & Joseph F Smith President Taylors Councillors.
Meeting opened By Prayer By G. Q. Cannon. W Woodruff Expressed his views upon the preset Position of Affairs and the authority of the Twelve Apostles that they presided in all the world when there was No first Presidency and when there was a first Presidency the Apostls presided in all the world whare the first Presidency were not. A Vote was taken to reinstate George G Cannon & Joseph F Smith into their former place into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. A good deal of Conversation was had upon several subjets some upon John Q Cannons affairs. George Q Cannon made Explanation of the whole Affair. We had an intermishion of 30 M during which Time we had an interview with Lawyiers F S Richards & Legrand Young Concerning the preset suit to escheat the Church Property.
We Met again. D H Wells Expressed his views Concerning the Authority of the Twelve. He differd from all the Quorum of the Twelve Apostle in the Matter. <There was some pointless things talked of concerning> G.Q.C. (2)
1 - 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
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
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