Lorenzo Snow, Aug 4, 1900

-- Aug 4, 1900
President [Lorenzo] Snow was at the office. President [George Q.] Cannon attending the Jordan [Utah] Stake conference. A Miss Jenkins, a school teacher of Kansas City [Missouri], called and had a talk with President Snow on some of the doctrines of the Church. Also Archie McAllister, a grandson of President Snow called with his wife and had a short visit. Bishop William B. Preston and Horace G. Whitney called. President Snow submitted to them a written proposition made by President George Q. Cannon, as the head of the George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, in which President Cannon offers to sell out to the Church the entire business of the company including his presses; but this is not to include the Juvenile Instructor. This matter was talked over, and it was concluded to have someone on the part of the News to go through the stock and machinery with a view to estimating its value. On the 25 ult. a letter was read written to Presidents Snow and Cannon and Elder Anthon H. Lund from S. P. Neve, and the following is taken from it as a criticism on Elder Andrew Jenson's work entitled "Church Chronology:" While the book contains many references to its author and compiler, whose works and movements are paraded as events of great importance, it is silent regarding men far more worthy and much more prominent than himself and whose works are of greater consequence than anything he has ever done. I notice he omits all mention of such widely known and valuable works as parley P. Pratt's Autobiography; George Q. Cannon's History of Joseph Smith, and his History of Brigham Young, [Edward] Tullidge's, [Huber Howe] Bancroft's and [Orson F.] Whitney's Histories of Utah; B. H. Roberts' Life of John Taylor, etc. etc. but carefully notes the publication of every periodical with which he (Andrew Jenson) has ever had anything to do, notwithstanding the fact that some of them have little or no historical value. He tells in one place (p. 178) how Andrew Jenson was made president of a political club, as if that had anything to do with the history of the Church or was a matter of importance to anybody but himself. In the same spirit he sets down the dates of his arrivals at and departures from various points during his travels. In his index he refers to Andrew Jenson fifteen times and to the Prophet Joseph Smith twelve times. Then follow in gradation other distinguished names such as A[nthon]. H. Lund ten times; C[hristian]. D. Fjeldsted seven times, A. W. Windbert seven times, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill six times, J[anne]. M. Sjodahl six times, John VanCott five times, Joseph Young, Sen[ior]. five times, Robert T. Burton, Zina D. Young, three times, Joseph E. Taylor, three times and so on. * * * In his Historical Record published some years ago, he made respectful mention of me; in his latest edition, published since I had a personal difficulty with him, he ignores me entirely. I told Pres[iden]t. [Lorenzo] Snow that I could just as well resign as Pres[iden]t. of the Big Horn [Wyoming] Colonization Co[mpany]. as things were now well started and everything looked favorabl[e]. By so doing I would escape my financial obligations. He said to me "I don't want you to do it. I want that Co[mpany]. to continue to have some back bone." (1)

-- Aug 6, 1900; Monday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [George Q.] Cannon were at the office as usual. President Lewis W. Shurtliff of the Weber [Utah] Stake brought and presented to President Snow a long communication from Elder G. H. Islaub, written from San Francisco [California]. Brother Islaub had left his field of labor in Australia where he was called to preside over that mission, and had come to California on account of broken health, he said. And this letter was written in explanation of his action in this respect. A letter was written to him signed by Presidents Snow and Cannon, and handed to President Shurtliff to forward, in which he is advised to return home and not aim to continue in the mission field in California. (2)

1 - Journal History; Abraham Owen Woodruff, Diary
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes

LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow

Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow


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