-- Jul 5, 1899; Wednesday
The First Presidency were at the office, and President [Lorenzo] Snow there gave an audience to Sisters Mary Isabella Horne and Bathsheba W. Smith, upon the subject of the connection of the Latter-day Saints Relief Society with the Women's Societies of the outside world. These sisters did not favor the amalgamation, from principle, and they were opposed to it from a financial standpoint, the alliance having already cost the Relief Societies the sum of $2,000. They felt that this burden was more than they were able to bear. They had been called upon, and were continually being called upon for means to send a few sisters to Washington, D.C., and some members of the Society were getting very tired of this, which appeared to them a needless expense. They felt that if the Church wanted these sisters to go East, the Church should defray their expenses, and not the Relief Society, as its means were collected and designed for purposes altogether different. The President deferred expressing himself until the question could be considered also by his counselors.
Elder David H. Cannon met with the First Presidency in relation to an appropriation of $1,800 for the per diem workers in the St. George Temple. The amount was appropriated for one year.
President George Q. Cannon explained to President Snow and President [Joseph F.] Smith the result of the late deal between the Church, with the English people connected with the Union Light and Power Company, and the [Joseph] Banigan heirs, as follows: The Trustee-in-trust is to pay $25,000 within thirty days; give secured note for $200,000, payable in one year, at 5%; also guarantee interest on $250,000 of preferred stock for ten years at 2%, amounting to $50,000, being five thousand dollars for ten years, which it is understood the company will be able to meet. For the foregoing we get the following: Release from guarantee of one and a half million dollars; 658,500 shares of preferred stock in the Union Light and Power Company, including the control of the company. We also get eighty 4% bonds, and thirty-nine prior lien 5% bonds, with 80,000 shares of preferred stock, on which the company says 2% will be paid. This we get for paying $180,000 or $190,000, two years interest on the Banigan bonds. (1)
-- Thursday, Jul 6, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
All of the Presidency and Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met in Council at the Temple. Some talk was had over the Cache Presidency.
I spoke on the question of a more vigorous policy of colonization.
President Snow endorsed me and felt I was the man to do that work, but nothing was decided in regard to that matter. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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
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