-- Jul 26, 1900; Thursday
President George Q. Cannon
accompanied Elder Anthon H. Lund to the Historian's Office this morning and introduced him to the employees as the Church Historian and Recorder, as the successor to Elder Franklin D. Richards, deceased. All the hands of the office were present excepting Elder A. Milton Musser. A letter was addressed to Brother Lund yesterday by the Presidency giving him instructions in regard to the duties of his new office, which letter was read to the employees, who all seemed pleased with the selection and congratulated Elder Lund.
While the understanding with the Presidency is that this is but a temporary appointment, the letter referred to does not carry that meaning.
At 11 o'clock the brethren met in the Temple. There were present. Of the First Presidency, Presidents George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, of the Apostles quorum; Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot and Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff. ...
President Cannon informed the council that the First Presidency had concluded to put Brother Lund in the office of Church Historian. The announcement met with general satisfaction.
At the last meeting the advisability of sending someone into Mexico to meet with the B[righanm]. Y[oung]. Academy Expedition, was referred to the First Presidency, and President Cannon now informed the Brethren that President Snow felt that it would be well to send President Joseph F. Smith who would start Friday night accompanied by Elder Seymour B. Young. ...
President Cannon now called for a vote of the brethren on the appointment of Elder Anthon H. Lund as successor to the late Elder Franklin D. Richards, as Church Historian and Recorder. Elder Lyman moved that the Council sustain the action, carried unanimously.
The action of the Presidency in sending President Smith and Seymour B. Young to Mexico was also sustained on motion of Elder Rudger Clawson.
Elder Lyman remarked that the subject of employing an architect to prepare plans for new meeting houses had been talked of more or less by the brethren of the Apostles, and he now said it did seem to him that this ought to be done both with a view of economy as well as beauty of design, as many of the wards were building beyond their strength, and means. He thought the subject worthy of the attention of the Council sometime when President Snow could be present. ... (1)
-- Jul 28, 1900; Saturday
This morning Elders Heber J. Grant and Horace G. Whitney came to the office for the purpose of conferring with President [Lorenzo] Snow on the business mentioned in yesterday's journal. President Snow came in the office from his room in the Beehive House and in connection with President [George Q.] Cannon heard what these brethren had to say in relation to the proposition to turn the Herald over to the Church and have some one appointed to run it as a Democratic paper as it has always been. President Snow told these brethren that there was but one answer to give, and that was that the Church could not undertake to do any such thing as this, and Brother Whitney was to coney this answer to Mr. [Alfred W.] McCune. With this decision President Cannon fully agreed. After this short interview President Snow again returned to this room as he was not feeling so well this morning. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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