-- Jul 12, 1892
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] At 2 P.M. met with the Apostles in the upper room at he Historian's office. Present Lorenzo Snow, Moses Thatcher, Francis M Lyman, Jno Hy Smith, H.J. Grant, Jno W Taylor, M.W. Merrill, A.H. Lund, & A H Cannon. Bro Franklin D. Richards having gone to Alaska with his son Franklin who is quite sick. Bro. Cannon was selected as clerk or our meeting Prest Lorenzo Snow spoke to us and referred to the dangers of divisions among us on account of political differences. Referred to the recent speech of Bro. Thatcher at Ogden and the reply in the Ogden Standard. The article by Prests Jos F. Smith & Jno Hy Smith and Bro Thatcherr's reply to their article. Hoped these differences would not lead to divisions among the brethren. Brothers Smith & Thatcher each spoke expressing the very best of feeling for each other, notwithstanding their differences of opinions in political matters. (1)
-- Aug 1, 1892
[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] Aug 1 I spent the day in the Office. I met in the Morning with the board of the Salt Lake & Literary Association. I also had an interview with Lorenzo Snow abot [ ]. Attended Conference at Coleville. (2)
-- Aug 4, 1892
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] At 2 P.M. we assembled again. Prests Wilfold Woodruff and Lorenzo Snow each made some remarks regarding the necessity of perfect union among the brethren of the Presidency and Apostles.
We took a recess till 2 P.M. The same brethren [i.e., Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, Marriner Wood Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, and Abraham H. Cannon] were present. I suggested that I felt bro[ther] Moses Thatcher should not talk his ideas that are at war with bounties and that brand the sugar factory under the bounty system as a robbery. This brought bro[ther] Moses to his feet and he waded into the whole subject of his career in connection with politics which brought out from Pres[iden]t Jos[eph] F. Smith and Pres[ident] Geo[rge] Q. Cannon much talk on that subject.
The policy of the Presidency was clearly defined and made to appear that bro[ther] Moses had been working against instead of in accordance with it. Pres[ident] Cannon said he felt the Twelve had not sustained the Presidency. On motion of Pres[ident] Snow it was decided that we endorsed the policy adopted by the Presidency and I announced it thus "so that in the future it cannot truthfully be said that we do not sustain the Presidency". This was passed by unanimous vote. Pres[ident] Woodruff instructed bro[ther] Moses not to talk his ideas any more that would work against the sugar factory.
He said he would not. The policy of the Presidency requires us not to take up political or other work without their knowledge and approval. After the meeting some remarks of bro[ther] Moses to me made me think he was not quite satisfied with the way things went in the council. (3)
1 - Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Francis M. Lyman, Diary
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