Chapter 1 (part B)
[Sunday, July 4, 1875 – Ridgeway Cross, Herefordshire] My nation’s birthday. I had another bad night on account of the [p.47]fleas. We got up and had breakfast and made ourselves ready for the meetings we are to hold out doors if the weather proved agreeable [at Bringsty Common].
We stopped on the road and gave out a meeting [notice] for evening. Had some ginger beer to drink and walked on [to the common]. A Methodist preacher by the name of Williams interrupted me, but I told him to take his seat. I would answer any questions in relation to what I had been saying. He sat down. After singing I dismissed by prayer. Mr. Williams then came forward with the book published by [ex-Mormon] J[ohn]. C. Bennett [History of the Saints (Boston, 1842)] and began a tirade of abuse. After bearing our testimony & proclaiming the book to be a tissue of lies we walked off leaving him spouting away. 100 persons present.
We walked back to Actons Green, the place where we gave out the meeting [notice] in the morning and found about 150 persons waiting for us.
I feel satisfied with this day’s work.
[Monday, July 5, 1875 – Ridgeway Cross]
[Letter from wife, Sarah, dated June 15, Salt Lake City]
It has been some time since I wrote to you, but I have been sick ever since I wrote to you last. I have had one of the worst colds that I ever had in my life. It is better now with the exception of a cough, and I guess that it will wear out after while. The children are usually well. Don is beginning to talk. He got out of doors one day, and got halfway down the sidewalk before I missed him. It was a wonder that he did not get in the ditch. I have to watch him as dose as a cat watches a mouse. George has got a new suit of clothes that your Mother gave him the doth to make them and I got him a new pair of shoes so that he could go to Sunday school with the children, and he enjoyed it very much.
Joseph F. barn was burned the other day [crossed out] night. It woke me out of a sound sleep and it made me think that the whole town was on fire. Everybody has a very good idea where the fire orginated from, but they cannot prove it, so they cannot do anything about it, but I should like to see that man strung up and that is to[o] good for him. The people of the 16th ward are going to build him another of adobies, but I don’t expect that will be any safer than the other as long as they have such a neighbor close by.
Your Father is not going south with the President as he expected. His health will not permit of it. He has been like one raised from the dead. You have no idea how sick he has been. He has to have watchers every night now, so I don’t think he is in a condition to travel. I was afraid one spell that you would never see your Father again.
It is such a lovely night it makes one think of old times, when you and I were young. You must excuse me for not writing anymore this time for [p.48]my head dont feel just right yet. I hope nothing will happen to prevent me from writting to you again soon.
As ever your Affectionate Wife
Sarah Farr Smith
[Monday, July 12, 1875 – Hereford and Birmingham] The morning is beautiful. I rested well and dreamed that Prest. J. F. Smith and I and some others took tea with the Prince of Wales and wife in one of the Palaces in London.
I would have preached in the streets of Hereford, but it ain’t allowed. I had bread and milk for breakfast.
At 12:38 p.m. I left Hereford and at 4:30 p.m. I arrived in Birmingham. I went to the Conference House and found Mr. T. Hadley, wife and two children had moved into the house with us, and Mr. Hadleys Mother is to wait on us.
I had two games of chess with Mr. Hadley he winning. At 11:15 p.m. I retired.
[Wednesday, July 21, 1875 – Great Barr] In passing along the road [to West Bromwich] we saw a number of hay fields under water. The cocks floating about on the water. Before we reached Bromwich it started to rain. We got out of the trap in New street and Walked to Grits Green 1 1/2 miles. The day has been showery and people begin to feel annoyed at its long continuance, but it simply shows how easy the almighty could bring his Judgements upon the earth & bring famine and pestilences, disease and death.
[Sunday, July 25, 1875 – Chasetown] One year ago to day I first got sight of the coast of Ireland and John Mitchell, now dead landed at Queenstown from the Steamer Idaho.
We went and notified the people I would preach on the common. I going one way and the brethren the other way. About one hundred people came out and I talked 30 minutes and would have spoke longer but the ground was damp and the air very cold, and it was 8 o’clock in the evening, and I felt that I was taking cold. All hands gave good attention and their was not interruption from any one. I spoke on the first principles and bore my testimony to the restoration of the gospel by an holy angel. I went to Mr. Thomas Pickerings and was preaching to him and wife and another Lady until 9:30 p.m. when we returned [to] Bro. Willbur’s and at 10:45 p.m. we retired to rest and I felt well.
[Monday, July 26, 1875 – Wymbleberry] I got up at 8:30 a.m. and had some breakfast. Today the Coal Miners of Cannock are having a demonstration and they came to the five ways from the different villiages, headed by bands of music. They assembled in a [p.49]field. I stoped in to Sister Lakins and saw them pass and then I went to the field. There was about twelve thousand men, women and children were assembled, and like most gatherings in England Lots of Drunken men and women were stagering about. Booths for beer were to be seen in all directions and Publicans were fairy coining money.
The Chairman was a Minister by the name of Cook. He made a very nice opening speech and he was followed by Mr. Charles Howell, Secretary of the Chasetown district of the laborers Union. He made a fine report of the condition of the society and made a very nice appeal to the men to be sober, honest and united, and success would attend their efforts. Mr. Wm. Gittins also spoke in the same strain as the former speaker. Mr. George Packard delivered a short but pithy address showing forth the results of the labors of Mr. MacDonalds M.P. for the laboring men of England and exhorted all to stand firm and steadfast to the union. Mr. T. Halliday spoke at some length showing forth the benefits of laborers unions and said that if the wages were still the same as in 1871 still the men now work 8 hours for a day instead of 12 as they used to do. He plead with the men to spend the 4 hours gained in getting knowledge and not in swilling beer and drinking up their hard earning from their families. He said he had not drank any strong drink for twenty years. He is by far the most intelligent man that spoke. They were all practical miners. I am satisfied that if the miners was to follow out their instructions they would be benefited.
[Tuesday, July 27, 1875 – Wymbleberry] I ate a small bit of bread and cheese and at 10:15 a.m. I started for the Trent Valley R.R. Station near Litchfield. Bro. Coderidge walked a short distance with me, he also gave me 1 shilling. When I reached Litchfield I went to Bro. Wrights and had dinner. He gave me 1 shilling.
The day is lovely and all nature is smiling.
4 p.m. found me at Sister Clarks. She is well and hearty, and he is about as dumb as ever.
[Thursday, July 29, 1875 – Stafford] I got up at 8 a.m. and made ready for breakfast. At 8:40 a.m. Sister Clark brought me the following Telegram
You are wanted in Liverpool by noon. Meet me at station at 9:53 a.m.
R. V. Morris
I went to Sister Clarks and had breakfast. The hour and thirteen minutes seemed like hours. I met bro. Morris at the appointed time and after shaking hands he handed me the following
[p.50] Liverpool, July 28th
John H. Smith 26 Tenby St.
Telegram from home. John Henry come Immediately. Come in time for steamer to day. Must be here by noon.
J. F. Smith
Bro. Morris ran and bought tickets and we were soon moving toward Liverpool. Bro. Morris was discusing religious matter with a gentelman all the way to Lime Street.
11:30 a.m. found us at 42. We found Prest. Smith, E. I. Young, E. Hanham, J. Burrows and bro. Parry all well. After shaking hands Prest. Smith handed me the following
Anglo American Telegraph Company Limited Atlantic Cable Message Liverpool Smith 42 Islington
John Henry Come immediately.
What on earth can be the matter. We are all in doubt. I went to work and fixed up my things as well as I could, had dinner and at 1 p.m. was on board of the Inman Steamer City of Chester. Prest. J. F. Smith, bro. R. V. Morris and E. I. Young and Mr. Ballon, Williams and Guion agent made the arrangements for me to go in the Cabin and a bro. Simpson went stearage. At 5:15 p.m. I bid the brethren goodbye and we steamed out of the Mersey. I wandered about lonely among strangers. We had supper at 7 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m. I turned in not to sleep but to lay and think.
[Friday, July 30, 1875 – S.S. City of Chester, Atlantic Ocean] I did not sleep very much, was thinking of home. The sea was very smoothe. We stoped of[f] Queenstown from 11 a.m. untill 4 p.m. I went ashore for an hour and saw about 30 beggars.
The Steamer is 44 feet beam 465 feet Long. The cabin is very large and fine. I spent the day and evening in chatting. I sent a few lines to Cousin J. F. Smith.
We have five meals a day if we want them.
[Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1875 – S.S. City of Chester, Atlantic Ocean] The sea was rough all night. No fog yet worth notice. We saw an ice berg to day. There is a concert troop on board and they gave a concert in the cabin in aid of the home for salors children. It passed of very nicely. I have spent much time with the passengers talking on religion.
[p.51]I have seen much on board to convince me of the depravity of the human family, both men and women. The liberties taken is fear full.
[Sunday, Aug. 8, 1875 – New York City] 4 a.m. we arrived at Sandy Hook and waited for the Tide untill 9 a.m. when we steamed for N.Y. The doctor came on board and inspected the passengers.
I had no bother at the Custom House. They simply opened my valise and box.
I learned on landing that J. T. Caine and Sudbury were at the Stevens House, but they were out so I went down to 8 Battery and found them and bro. Staines in the office. After a shake of the hand all around I learned that Jas. A. Young was dead and Ed[ward] Tullidge was insane.
We took dinner at the Stevens House. Bro. Staines reported father improving.
[Monday, Aug. 9, 1875 – New York City] The day is fearfull hot. I received a letter from father stating that he was bad but for me to take my time. Bro. Staines let me have 80 dollars. I kept very close during the day.
Evening at 6 p.m. Bro. Sudbury and I bid bro. Caine good bye and went to the Hudson River R.R. station and booked for Chicago. 8 p.m. we left.
[Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1875 – on train] The day was warm. We passed through some fine country. We passed through the town of Palmyra near where the Book of Mormon was found. We stoped at Niagara falls for dinner after which we crossed the suspension bridge to the Canada side and away we steamed through that timber country. In the evening we reached Windsor and crossed the River to Detroit.
[Friday, Aug. 13, 1875 – Omaha, Nebraska] We called on Mr. Kimball and got half fare to Ogden. I telegraphed to father and at 10:40 a.m. we moved out for home. The day passed of[f] very pleasantly and in the evening we had some singing.
[Sunday, Aug. 15, 1875 en route and Salt Lake City] I did not rest very well, it was to[o] cold. We breakfasted at Green River, had dinner at Evanston.
On my arrival at the U.P. station [at Ogden] I was met by L. Farr, E. Farr, E. N. Freeman, J. F. Gay, John Boyle and many other friends. When the U.C. [Utah Central] train came in my wife and children, Bro. C. W. Smith and Sister Sarah, M. Clarrissa and Grace. They told me that father was very bad. It was doubtful whether he would be alive on our arrival.
[p.52]When I reached the City a number of friends met me. I went straight to father’s, found the house full and him very bad. He came and kissed me and seemed very pleased that I had come.
[Monday, Aug. 16, 1875 – Salt Lake City] I spent the night with father. He was very bad. At 5 a.m. he went to sleep and slept all day. This is the first good sleep in 4 months.
[Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Father slept all night and awoke this morning much refreshed. I was with him all night.
[Thursday, Aug. 19, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Father is gaining. He went out riding today.
I called on J. F. Smiths family also on Bro. Morris second wife.
[Friday, Aug. 20, 1875 – Salt Lake City] I think Father is gradually improving. Father rode out in the evening.
[Sunday, Aug. 22, 1875 – Salt Lake City] I went to meeting. Bro. Hyde spoke. I was sick all day and stoped at home over night.
[Monday, Aug. 23, 1875 – Salt Lake City] I still feel bad. I took father out riding for a short time. The rest of the day I spent at home. I stoped over night with him.
[Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Father is loosing the ground he has gained. He don’t rest at all. He rode out. I was with him at night. He was very restless.
[Saturday, Aug. 28, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Father gets worse and worse. Still he rode out as usual.
[Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Father is very bad. We drove out to and around the Temple. I told him we must do something to releive him or he was going to loose his reason. He said drive to Dr. Bernhisel and see what we can learn. We went and instructed the Dr. to call on him which he [did?].
In the evening Prests. Young & Wells And Elder called on father and had a very agreable chat. I was not present.
I was with Father during the night. He had sever pain in the side which I annointed [with consecrated oil] and blest.
9 p.m. Bro. F[ranklin]. D. Richards came in And we administered [p.53]to him. I stoped all night, he was very bad. I was working with him all of the time rubing his hands and waiting on him.
[Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1875 – Salt Lake City] At 5:15 a.m. I administered to father and went home and went to bed. At 9 a.m. I was called up and told that he was dying. I hurried up to his house and found that he was already dead, having breathed his last at 8:40 a.m. sitting in a chair in the front room. We took him and laid him on the lounge and then went and telegraphed to the family in different parts of the Territory.
[Thursday, Sept. 2, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Father still lays in the ice and is keeping very nicely.
Uncle J. L. Smith came to night.
[Friday, Sept. 3, 1875 – Salt Lake City] Everything is being made ready for the funeral.
[Saturday, Sept. 4, 1875 – Salt Lake City] The corpse is keeping very well.
At 6 p.m. Zilpha Smith, Peter Wimmer, Clarance & B. W. Merrill and two children, Thomas Callister & Wife Caroline, Jesse N. Smith arrived from Parowan & Fillmore. Charles and I met them with the carriage and took them to the [official church] Historian[‘]s Office.
[Sunday, Sept. 5, 1875 – Salt Lake City] At 5 a.m. I went and assisted to Bros. Taylor and McAllister to dress father.
[Diary entries ceased for the next five years.]
[Saturday, Oct. 9, 1880 – Salt Lake City] [After death of Brigham Young on August 29, 1877] John Taylor, G[eorge]. Q. Cannon & Joseph F. Smith were sustained as a first presidency by a meeting of the Priesthood. F. M. Lyman and Myself as members of the Quorum of Twelve.
[Sunday, Oct. 10, 1880 – Salt Lake City] The changes made at the priesthood meeting were sustained at the conference the different [priesthood] quorums voting separate.
[Monday, Oct. 11, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I met with the twelve at 9 a.m. after which I went to the endowment house and staid all day. I helped in setting apart several Elders for Missions.
[p.54][Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1880 – Salt Lake City] K of G [Kingdom of God]2 met at 10 a.m. and again 3 p.m. Was at City Council in the evening.
[Sunday, Oct. 17, 1880 – Provo] Myself and wives and one child went to Provo. Was met at depot by B. Colton and taken to my mother’s house.
[Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1880 – Salt Lake City] At the office during the forenoon. At two p.m. met in Council with the twelve. Bro. F. M. Lyman was ordained an apostle under the hands of Bro. J. Taylor, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B[righam]. Young [Jr.] & Bro. D. H. Wells, Bro. Taylor being mouth.
I was ordained under the same hands with the addition of Bro. F. M. Lyman, Bro. Woodruff being mouth. At home during the evening.
Bro. D. H. Wells was 66 years old today and Bro. John Taylor gave him a blessing.
[Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1880 – Salt Lake City] Hard at work all day.
In the evening I attended the City Council. We passed on monthly bills and worked some on an ordinance relating to Estray pound.
[Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office during the forenoon and met with the first presidency and twelve at 2 p.m. And was in Council until after dark. Bro. Taylor and Councellors, Bros Richards, Woodruff, Pratt and L. Snow go to Logan conference and Bro. Wells and myself to Wasatch.
[Friday, Nov. 12, 1880 – Salt Lake City] At the office all day. The business named yesterday took place to day instead of yesterday. I obtained a pass over the UCRR for myself and one and a requasition for a pass over the UPRR to Echo from James Sharp.
[Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1880 – Salt Lake City] At the office all day.
In the evening I went attended the City Council. There was a petition [p.55]of 13 hundred persons asking the City to take stock in the Utah Eastern RR.
[Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office during the forenoon and with the Twelve during the p.m. I rec’d $140.00 and paid Tithing $100.00 and gave Aunt B[athsheba]. $10.00.
[Thursday, Dec. 2, 1880 – Salt Lake City] This morning I turned over to R[odney]. C. Badger my position as cashier and left the office. . .It is hard to break five years of friendly and brotherly association.
In the afternoon I went to work in the office of James Sharp, Genl Ticket agent [of the Utah Central Rail Road] doing odd Jobs.
[Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office during the forenoon, and in Council with the Twelve during the p.m. I paid ten dollars to the temple fund in a G.T.O. [General Tithing Office] Provision Order.3
I also got an order of Thirty dollars on Z.C.M.I. The evening I spent at home reading the evening paper and Kent’s Commentaries on American Law.
[Friday, Dec. 10, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office all day working at Freight reports. Josephine and myself called on her father and spent an hour. After our return home I was reading in Hume’s history of England untill 9:30 p.m.
[Saturday, Dec. 11, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office all day and spent the evening at home reading Law.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1880 – Salt Lake City I was at the office until 4 p.m. and then went to the city hall to meet with the committee on Irigation in regard to the deriding of irrigation waters with people on the bench. We were of the opinion that the courts would have to settle that matter and untill then we should control the waters as provided by city charter.
The City Council met at 6 p.m. and was in session untill 8 p.m. The reports of several city officers was read and sundry items of business transacted.
[p.56][Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office during the forenoon. J. F. Smith took dinner with me and at 2 p.m. we met in council with the twelve.
I spoke to bro. [John] Taylor about Ellerbeck and myself selling our gass stock. He said all right go a head. Various subjects came up and were discussed.
[Friday, Dec. 17, 1880 – Salt Lake City] At the office untill 4 p.m. and I then met with the Committee on Municipal laws for about two hours. After which J. F. Smith went home with me and Father Farr and we three spent the evening together, after which I went to J. F. S. and administered to his two sick children.
[Monday, Dec. 20, 1880 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office all day. It was snowing off and on all day. In the evening my wives and self bought some toys for our little ones for Christmas. I Bot two turkeys today price $2.08.
[Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1880 – Salt Lake City] At the office all day and in the evening I left the office and went to the City Hall. We had some important business and at 9 p.m. we adjourned. After Council J. F. Smith informed me I was to go to Parowan with Bro. Lyman to attend conference. J. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman and C. Nibley went to my house and J. F. S. blessed my wife Sarah who is about to be confined [in anticipation of child birth] and to leave her was one of the severest trials of my life. But she said go and do my duty she would not stand in my way.
[Thursday, Dec. 30, 1880 – Salt Lake City] Bro. Lyman and I went to C. K. Savages Picture galery and had our pictures taken. I hot J[ohn]. L. Smith a suit of clothing.
Bro. Lyman took dinner with me and about 3 o’clock John A. Groesbeck took J. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman and myself out to the penitentiary to see Bro. George Reynolds.4 Gen. Butler the warden let him out and we spent 20 minutes in chat. He feels well. Our party returned to the city. We called on Bro. C. C. Rich after which took supper with J. F. S.
[Saturday, Jan. 1, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home. My wife Josephine got dinner for quite a company. We roasted a turkey that Bro. H[iram]. B. Clawson had given me. [p.57]Beside my wife Sarah and children and Aunt Lucy and my mother, Father Groesbeck and wife and cousin to my wife Squire Bush were with us. We had a good time a very agreable time was had.
[Monday, Jan. 3, 1881 – Salt Lake City] This evening my Uncle John Lyman Smith Patriarch gave me, my wife Sarah and our boys George Albert, Don Carlos and Ezra Chase Smith our Patriarchal blessing.
[Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I was at the U.C. office working on classification all day. In the evening I went to the City Council. Uncle J. L. Smith accompanied me. After regular business we agreed by vote to sustain Justice Pyper in being more severe on our prostitutes and saloons by punishing by imprisonment as well as fine.
[Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1881 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. I met in council with the twelve and we were together untill about 6 p.m. Prest. John Taylor gave us some excellent advice in regard to the liberties of other men not of our faith and that we should protect them and theirs as our own. We should not find fault with other religions and from the pulpit rail out at public men, treat all with curtesey and Justice kindness and friendship. After our Council we went to the Council House [an assembly hall for public and church gatherings] and aided in getting up a circular to the seventies of the various stakes in regard to ward and county organizations so as to know where the seventies are that they can be used in preaching the gospel and aid the twelve in their labors.
[Thursday, Jan. 7, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Bro. Wilford Woodruff and myself left the city by UCRR train at 8:40 a.m. for Woods Cross where we were met by Prest. N. R. Smith and taken directly to the Bountiful meeting house [chapel]. At 10 a.m. the high Council convened and Prest. A. Call and Bp. [Bishop] Chester Call brought forward a charge against Charles E. Pearson for unchristianlike conduct in that he had been a traitor to his brethren and guilty of being profain. Pearson admired the fact of the latter charge and asked the brethren to forgive him which was done. Witnesses were examined on both sides, and it was decided that the charges had not been sustained by the president C. Layton and sustained in this decision by the Council unanimously. Bro. Woodruff and myself advised the brethren to be sure and start right in future, do right and be just. We were in session 7 hours without intermission.
[Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I went to the City Council. We had various kinds of business. A franchise was granted to a Lighting and Heating Co. and a Petition of seven [p.58]thousand people was received asking the City Council to curtain the Liquor trade.
[Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1881 – Salt Lake City] At 5 p.m. myself and wives went to Bro. H. C. Eldredge’s to supper. Prest. J. Taylor and Wife, J. F. Smith and Wife Julena, W. H. Hoopes and wife and William Jennings and sister Anne Davis. We had an excelent supper and the evening was spent in conversation on various subjects. 10 p.m. at home. Cousin J. F. Smith hauled my wives there and home again. It has been raining at intervals all day.
[Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1881 – Salt Lake City] At home during the forenoon and [at] 2 p.m. Joseph E. Taylor brot a wagon to Bro. C. C. Rich house and Bros. Lyman, Taylor and myself put bro. Rich in the wagon and took him to the endowment house.5 where the following named persons met in council, Prest. John Taylor, J. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt, Lorenzo Snow, C. C. Rich, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith and D. H. Wells, John Smith Patriarch, Bp. L. J. Nuttall and Bp. E[dward]. Hunter. We attended to the ordinance of the washing of feet. We had a most enjoyable time. After meeting we took bro. Rich home all right. When I reached home I found that my wife Sarah had given birth to a ten pound boy born at 5:56 p.m. All doing well.
[Monday, Jan. 24, 1881 – Provo] We saw several brethren at the various stations that have been called to go to St. John Arizona, some wanted to go and some did not. At Provo several brethren were to gather and we had a talk with them. All were on hand to go and do their duty of their own volition.
[Monday, Jan. 31, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Lorin Farr blessed our baby and gave him the name of Winslow Farr. He is twelve days old.
[Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office this forenoon. I today bot a Concord buggy cost me $300.00. I paid $51.15 on my monthly account. I also paid $11.00 to A. Gould for coal.
[Thursday, Feb. 17, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Bro. F. M. Lyman stoped over night at my house. Also Father Lorin Farr. We had breakfast at 6 a.m. and I kissed my family good by and [p.59]bro. Lyman and I went on board of the southern train and started on a Six Weeks tour.
At Mona we met bro. George Teasdale and Bp. M. Haws and we went to the house of a sister Johnson and we had a council of the brethren. Bro. William Newton, one of Bp. Laws councillors had been guilty of adultry and he seemed very penitent. Bro. Lyman talked to him like a Father in kindness and love.
[Monday, Feb. 21, 1881 – Manti] We visited the temple and were very much pleased at the labor that had been done by the saints of the temple district. The Sanpete Stake has paid over $37,000 dollars tithing and about $40,000 temple offering.
[Friday, Feb. 25, 1881 – Richfield, Sevier County] I received letters from both of my wives.
Bro. Lyman wrote a letter to Prest. Taylor in regard to our trip giving a description of our labors signed by us both. Up to this point we have held 17 meetings and have adopted the rule of talking 30 minutes each.
[Saturday, Feb. 26, 1881 – Richfield] We are reading Disraeli’s great novel Endymion.
[Wednesday, March 2, 1881 – Kingston, Piute County] The people here live in the United Order6 but they are in an unpleasant situation, as some of their members are drawing off, and the best of feeling does not exist. We had a long talk with four of the King brothers in relation to the affairs of the order and found that they were in doubt in regard to the final wind up of matters.
[Sunday, March 6, 1881 – Panguitch, Iron County] We breakfasted at J. N. Crosby and at 10 a.m. went to meeting. Bros. N. W. Norton and James Houston both spoke a few minutes and I talked one hour and five minutes on infidelity and the celestial law of marriage and I felt very free.
[Thursday, March 10, 1881 – Orderville, Kane County] The people are living in a united capacity and are getting along pretty well in quite a number of Industries. My objection to their manner of living is that in the Idea of share and share alike they come down to the lower level instead of being raised to the higher platform.
[p.60][Friday, March 11, 1881 – Kanab, Kane County] After benediction we again met the High Council and several other brethren and were with them untill 6:30 p.m. instructing them in regard to their duties and in adjusting some little differences of opinion on whom the presidency fell in the absence of Prest. L. J. Nuttal and whether they could try a President of a stake. Bro. F. M. Lyman laid down the doctrine no man in this or any other stake was to large for the High Council to handle but a Bishop had to be cut off from the Church by the First Presidency or Twelve as he could only be created by that authority.
[Friday, March 18, 1881 – St. George, Washington County] There was a birthday party at Sister Youngs. Her daughter Susie Young Dunford Gates was 95 years of age. Quite a company present.
[Sunday, March 20, 1881 – St. George, Washington County] We took dinner at Jacob F. Gates and were in Councill for an hour with Bro. W. Woodruff, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale and myself. The question was asked by Daniel Tyler, Can a man attain to the Godhead without his entering into the practice of celestial marriage [plural marriage] in this life or [was] the sealing [marriage] of one wife [sufficient]. We came to the unanimous conclusion that he could not. All men must obey the law or leave the result with the Lord.
[Tuesday, March 29, 1881 – Mifford to Salt Lake City] I arrived at home at 6:30 p.m. and found my family all well. I attended the City Council and an ordinance was passed in regard to chickens running at large. I traveled on my trip 900 miles.
[Friday, April 1, 1881 – Salt Lake City] The First Presidency and seven of the Twelve were in council most of the day. We were looking over the tithing scedules or reports and find them in a rather mixed condition.
Bro. E[rastus]. Snow also reported on the position that John W. Young in regards to the R.R. contracts and felt that he had gone back on his agreements.7
[p.61][Saturday, April 2, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Two meetings were held today with the Presidents of stakes at which much Counsel was given by the brethren in regards tithing matters.
[Sunday, April 3, 1881 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] At 4 p.m. the twelve met in Council and talked over the propriety of not sustaining J. W. Young as a Councillor to the Twelve on account of his breach of faith in regard to the railroad.
[Monday, April 4, 1881 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] 10 a.m. I went to meeting. Joseph F. Smith and Prest. John Taylor occupied all of the time on the subject of Latter day Saints sending their children to these mission [non-Mormon] schools, when conference took a recess. The Twelve were in council from 12 noon until 2 p.m. in regard to J. W. Young and did not quite agree as to the best course to persue in regard to his being sustained, and they did adjourn until 12 noon Tuesday.
[Tuesday, April 5, 1881 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] At noon the Twelve went into Council, and it was decided not to present the name of Jno. W. Young as a Councillor to the Twelve.
[Wednesday, April 6, 1881 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Jno W. Young’s name was not presented to the conference nor [was] the quorum of the Twelve filled.
[Friday, April 8, 1881 – Salt Lake City] The Council of F[ifty] met this morning at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Some good advice was given. The K[ingdom]. of G[od]. adjourned to meet at 10 a.m. May 18th.
[Monday, April 11, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at Prest. J. Taylor’s office and the afternoon and evening in reading Law and history.
[Wednesday, April 20, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day with Bros. G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, F. D. Richards and F. M. Lyman and several other brethren in trying [to] figure out some plan for the management of the tithing office in a better manner.
[Wednesday, April 27, 1881 – Salt Lake City] My self and wives received our second annointings, J. F. Smith and F. M. Lyman officiating. Julena L. and Edna L. Smith Witnesing and Edna [p.62]L. Smith received hers also.8
I bot a set of carriage harness cost $75.00 I paid $50.00 cash down and am to pay $25.00 in G.T.O. orders.
[Monday, May 2, 1881 – Midway, Wasatch County] Bros. A. Hatch, H. S. Alexander, F. M. Lyman and myself went to Midway. We crossed the Provo River on a foot Bridge and was met by a brass band and about a dozen wagon loads of people.
[Wednesday, May 18, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Two meetings of the K. of G. met and talked over political matters.
[Saturday, May 21, 1881 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. the Twelve met with Orson Pratt and D. H. Wells in adition to those who were together last evening and Jno. W. Young was called upon to explain why he had disobeyed the positive agreement made by him to be governed by a letter of instruction isued by the first Presidency appointing E. Snow, B. Young, Jno. W. Young and J. N. Smith to take charge of Railroad work in Colorado and Arizona. The entire day was spent in listening to the testimony and giving our views. All spoke and condemed the course of J. W. Young, and he asked forgiveness and was willing to do anything to make matters straight that the Twelve might require. It was decided that his apology was ample to satisfy us and that when he was willing to make satisfaction to the first Presidency and had done so we were willing to again sustain him as a councillor.
[Wednesday, May 25, 1881 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. the first Presidency and Twelve met at the Endowment House. Present John Taylor, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Orson Pratt, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Jno W. Young, D. H. Wells and Bp. E. Hunter, L. J. Nuttall and George Reynolds. The case of J. W. Young was taken up and argued and President Taylor rendered the following decision that J. W. Young can be restored to fellowship when he comes forward and gives himself and his contracts on the railroad into the joint management of E. Snow, B. Young, J. W. Young, and J. N. Smith, in accordance with a letter of instruction by the first Presidency and which had been accepted by the four parties named. J. W. Young said he would do as instructed by his brethren.
[p.63][Monday, May 30, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Today is celebrated as decoration day. I drove to the grave of my father and my children placed flowers upon it.
[Thursday, June 2, 1881 – Salt Lake City] It is hot.
I spent the day around home and was reading the history of Fredrick the Great of Prussia.
[Friday, June 3, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I met in Council with President J. Taylor, George Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, F. D. Richards and myself. It was decided by the Council that the various wards of the several stakes of Zion should Incorporate in order to hold Church property in their wards. I got my pay from the City $16.00 and an order for $50.00 on Z.C.M.I. and ten in cash for expenses on my trip south.
I spent the evening at home. I am suffering from rheumatism.
[Sunday, June 5, 1881 – Minersville, Beaver County] 6 p.m. we [Francis M. Lyman and J. F. Wells] met with the priesthood and we gave instruction in regard to the political situation and the necessity of unity.
[Saturday, June 11, 1881 – St. George, Washington County] We met some of the brethren in council and talked over election matters. 6 p.m. a general Priesthood meeting convened and Bro. Lyman spoke one hour on political matters, and the manner in which the Bishops should govern. I followed endorsing his remarks and making some more on the same strain and the brethren present by vote sustained our doctrine.
[Saturday, June 18, 1881 – Parowan] We were in council with the brethren from 4 to 6 p.m. in relation to elections and a proper division of the representatives in those counties that were linked together by the legislature.
6 p.m. a priesthood meeting met and Bro. F. M. Lyman and myself spoke upon the political situation and naturalization and Bro. Lyman spoke some in regard to our eclesiastical courts.
8 p.m. a mass meeting convened and Iron County acceded to Beaver the Councillor provided Beaver gave the representative [to] Piute. We have had nine hours and one half of meetings and I was tired out.
[Tuesday, June 21, 1881 – Panguitch, Iron County] 6 p.m. a priesthood meeting convened. I talked for 53 minutes on our political situation and advised those not already naturalized to get their papers at once and neglect of this duty was disgracefull. I advised them to [p.64]select the best of men for public office. Bro. Lyman spoke 53 minutes on the same subject and answered some questions on the jurisdiction of the Bishop Courts.
[Thursday, June 23, 1881 – Beaver City, Beaver County] I sent a telegram to my wife to know how all were at home. Sarah answered that Josephine and baby was doing well. The telegraph operator asked W. B. Dougall whether a boy or girl and Dougal answered a boy and said he was born on Monday June 20, 1881.
The day was spent by me in resting and reading the Vicar of Wakefield.
The following telegram was received from President J. Taylor
[Salt Lake June 23rd. 81] F. M. Lyman & J. H. Smith, Beaver
The presidency of Millard Stake asked through the Clerk for some suggestions respecting matters which you were instructed to attend to. I have advised Bro. Hinckley to consult you.
[Friday, June 24, 1881 – Beaver City]
Hinckley and Robison
We wish you to meet us here tomorrow noon, or sooner on Election matters.
F. M. Lyman
Fillmore, June 24
F. M. Lyman
Hinckley is absent. Have sore hand can’t come. Your choice will in election matters satisfy me.
J. V. Robison
[Saturday, June 25, 1881 – Beaver City, Beaver County] I read the 2nd chapter of St. James and spoke a few minutes on the celestial law of marriage and closed by saying, I do not believe that any man can arrive at eternal power and the Godhead who did not have two wives in the flesh.
A telegram was received from Fillmore saying that Prest. Hinckley and Robison are on their way to Beaver.
6 p.m. a priesthood meeting was convened and Bro. Lyman and I [p.65]both spoke on the duties of the priesthood and our rights as citizens and the manipulation of our political affairs.
A primary meeting was held and eight delegates Elected to the county convention.
[Friday, July 1, 1881 – Fillmore, Millard County] 10 a.m. we attended a primary meeting of the peoples party, but few however were in attendance. I spoke a few minutes on the duties of the parties. Nominations were made of a City Council and Justice of the peace and five delegates were elected to attend the county convention.9
4 p.m. we met with the convention. E. Partridge was chosen for representative to the Legislature. A Selectman and sheriff were also put in nomination and three delegates chosen to go to the district convention in Beaver.
We are learning more and more of the necessity of training our people in a little knowledge of politics.
[Saturday, July 2, 1881 – Fillmore, Millard County] The bed bugs gave me a terrible deal.
We received a telegram announcing the fact an attempt had been made to kill President Jas. A. Garfield somewhere on the banks of the Potomac. He was severly wounded in the hip and arm and is considered by the doctors to be in a critical condition.
Prest. John Taylor requested the saints not to celebrate the fourth of July but to waive the same out of respect to the wounded president.
6 p.m. A priesthood meeting was held. I spoke to the brethren on politics and Bro. Lyman on the same strain.
[Sunday, July 3, 1881 – Fillmore, Millard County] We broke down the bedstead and laid on the floor all night and had a splendid rest.
10 a.m. went to meeting. Bro. B. Bennett of Frisco bore his testimony and Edward Partridge and J. V. Robison [spoke], the latter on the celestial law of marriage, showing that the man who had one wife sealed to him by the Holy Spirit of promise had only gone part of the way.
I presented the general authorities and Br. E. Partridge the local. After which Bro. F. M. Lyman spoke on the Celestial law of marriage laying down the rule that no man could get all of the blessings without keeping the whole law.
[p.66][Monday, Aug. 1, 1881 – Logan and Salt Lake City] Today is election day and it is going quietly. 10
[Saturday, Aug. 6, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I was reading most of the day.
[Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1881 – Salt Lake City] 7 p.m. I went to the City Council. The Liquor Ordinance was passed and the City Assessment approved.
[Sunday, Sept. 18, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I am thirty-three years old today. My wife Sarah gave me two books, the Life of John Fitch by Thompson Westcott and The Life of George Stevenson by Samuel Smiles. Josephine gave me a nice silk handkerchief. My son George Albert gave me a buggy whip.
Bro. Orson Pratt spoke in the large Tabernacle for the first time in many months and he bore a faithfull testimony to the truth. Bro. G. Q. Cannon also spoke of the tenacity with which the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon had stood by their testimony although they had been cut off from the Church. He told the story of Oliver Cowdery bearing his testimony in a law court when taunted with having been once a Mormon.
[Monday, Sept. 19, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I took my wives out riding.
James A. Garfield, President of the United States, died at 10:35 p.m. at Long Branch. The bells of the city were tolling until a late hour of the night.
[Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1881 – Salt Lake City] The City is now draped in mourning and all business is stoped. I attended the City Council at 7 p.m. until all adjourned out of respect to the dead President.
[Thursday, Sept. 22, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Today Bro. Lyman and myself made inquiry of several of the Twelve as to the position in which G. Q,. Cannon and J. F. Smith would be placed in the event of the death of President Taylor. Bros L. Snow and F. D. Richards were of the opinion they would be in the position of J. W. Young and D. H. Wells, councillors to the Twelve [but not members of the quorum]. The latter however modified his opinion. Bro. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, F. Lyman and myself were of the opinion that they would take their places in the Quorum of the Twelve, they standing in a different position from Bro. [p.67]Young & Wells who were never members of that quorum.11
I gave it as my opinion that all men who may be councillors to the President in the event of his death fall back to their Quorum from which they were chosen.
President Taylor tendered the large Tabernacle to Governor Murray for use by all classes of people on Monday at the funeral of President Garfield.
[Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1881 – Paris, Idaho] We were called to the house of Amasa Rich to administer to his wife who was in labor and she was soon delivered of a son.
[Friday, Nov. 11, 1881 – St. George, Washington County.] Bro. J. Taylor, W. Woodruff, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, J. D. T. McAllister, J. G. Bleak, L. J. Nuttall and myself were in council. Several large appropriations were made to the temple and Prest. McAllister was ordered to hear a case of Laney against Bro. E. Snow.
[Saturday, Nov. 12, 1881 – St. George] I received a telegram that my brother Charles was much worse and wanted me to come home. I sent word I would be there Tuesday at 7 a.m.
[Sunday, Nov. 13, 1881 – Toquerville, Kane County] Prest. Taylor gave me $20.00 dollars and his blessing and [I] started for Virgin City. Bro. John Bott took me to Silver Reef. The stage Co. gave ‘me my fare to Milford. I had a visit with Miss Carrie Walker. A. McFarland gave me five dollars. 2 p.m. left by stage for home.
[Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1881 – Provo] Arrived at Provo at 7 a.m. and found Charles a little improved. I spent the day in waiting on him and sat up during the night.
[Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1881 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I borrowed three hundred and twenty dollars for mother and signed her name and mine to the note. I paid Z.C.M.I. $96.90. I returned to Provo and received telegram from Prest. J. Taylor asking about Charles. I answered that he was better. I met S. S. Smith and had a visit with him. I sat up with Charles again tonight.
[Thursday, Nov. 17, 1881 – Provo] Charles is a little improved. I traveled to the City and back to Provo.
[p.68][Friday, Nov. 18, 1881 – Provo] It was a stormy night and Charles had a bad night. No rest and quite delerious. I stoped with him all day. I received a telegram from Prest. J. Taylor, giving me his programme and asking after Charles. I answered Charles bad and that I would be at the Manti Conference.
[Saturday, Nov. 19, 1881 – Provo] Charles rested first rate. I went to the city and returned. Br. D. Johns was up all night with Charles.
[Sunday, Nov. 20, 1881 – Provo] Charles rested first rate. I sat up most of the night and spent the day by his bed side.
[Friday, Nov. 25, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I received a letter from Charles T. Libbey of Portland, Maine in which he assailed my religion and I went after him in a long letter, showing how the Bible if he was a believer in that book that he with me must believe in that doctrine of celestial marriage.
[Saturday, Nov. 26, 1881 – Salt Lake City, Provo, Nephi] I went by freight train to Provo and found my brother Charles gradually improving in health. 4:30 p.m. I joined J. F. Smith and C[harles]. W. Penrose at Provo and went to Nephi 90 miles from S. Lake.
[Sunday, Nov. 27, 1881 – Nephi, Juab County] [At stake conference] C. W. Penrose spoke 33 minutes. I spoke 15 minutes and J. F. Smith spoke 60 minutes and he dwelt largely on the celestial law and showed by the Revelation itself that every point bore directly on the marrying of more wives than one. We took dinner with Uncle Jacob Bigler and supper with Prest. George Teasdale.
[Saturday, Dec. 3, 1881 – Nephi and Provo] At 5 a.m. left Nephi for Provo where all the party stoped except Bro. Woodruff who was quite unwell with cold. I found my brother Charles considerably improved.
[Monday, Dec. 12, 1881 – Salt Lake City and Provo] 2 p.m. Father Farr and my son Ezra Chase and myself went to Provo. I found my brother Charles much improved.
[Thursday, Dec. 22, 1881 – Salt Lake City] My sister Margaret Smith was married today to Edwin Parry. Joseph F. Smith performed the ceremony.
[p.69][Friday, Dec. 23, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at Prest. J. Taylor’s office. Today is the anniversary of the birth of the prophet Joseph Smith. Bp. Kesler and Mrs. Davis got up a party and supper and a most enjoyable time was had. The company were principally early members of the Church and now whitened with age. Speakers, song, and recitations were given and everything went as merry as a marriage bell. 12 midnight we went to our homes.
[Saturday, Dec. 24, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Cold and roads dry and dusty. Today we made some small purchases for our children and I was at Prest. J. Taylor’s office.
[Sunday, Dec. 25, 1881 – Salt Lake City] My children enjoyed their Christmas very much and I took much pleasure with them.
We all ate dinner at Josephine’s and at 2 p.m. I went to meeting. Bro. C. W. Penrose delivered a fine discourse on the birth of Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
6 p.m. attended meeting at the 12th ward.
[Monday, Dec. 26, 1881 – Salt Lake City] Today was observed as a general holladay.
I took my family out riding and we all ate dinner at Sarah’s. Today is notorious as being the day on which more drunkenness occurred than at any time since this city has been inhabited. I went to the theatre in the evening.
[Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1881 – Salt Lake City] I was at the President’s office all day.
City Council at 6 p.m. A vote was taken to sustain the mayor in closing all saloons on Monday January 2, 1882.
[Friday, Dec. 30, 1881 – Salt Lake City] It was pleasant overhead and muddy under foot. I spent most of the day at Prest. Taylor’s office.
[Saturday, Dec. 31, 1881 – Salt Lake City] This is the last day of the year 1881 and has been an eventfull year for me. I have been all over the Territory and up into Idaho. Three trips have been made to St. George and three to Manti, and I have been constantly busy in the discharge of my duties. Bro. F. M. Lyman and myself have been together most of the time. It has been a harvest time among the Saints, many old members passing away. Among the many prominent ones were Orson Pratt, Joseph Young Sr., W. C. Staincs, J. M. Bernhisel and [p.70] many who had passed through trials of almost every kind and still been true and faithfull.
[Monday, Jan. 1, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Today President John Taylor held a reception at the Gardo house [the president’s residence]. About two thousand people called upon him and partook of refreshments.
There were present of leading brethren J. F. Smith, W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, W. Jennings, A.M. Cannon and many others. In the evening many brethren and sisters sat down to a repast.
My wives both called on the President and Sarah spent the day.
Josephine and myself went to the theatre in the evening.
[Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Yesterday in the meeting of the Presidency and Twelve President J. Taylor presented an article that he had written thanking all hands for what they had done in fixing up the Gardo house. J. F. Smith objected to its being published and Moses Thatcher and myself also concurred with him by speaking against certain items in the article. The other brethren were more noncommittal but felt as we did. No vote was taken. The president asked the opinions of the brethren present.
Today at 10 a.m. the same brethren again met in the Twelves room and Bro. Wells met with us. It was decided to pay some outstanding bills and to put plaster as cassings around the lower windows of the Logan temple.
A long communication from T[ruman]. O. Angell Sr. was read and the Council adjourned to meet at 2 p.m. at the Endowment house. I had noticed that President Taylor looked very worn in the morning.
2 p.m. we met in Council. Present J. Taylor, J. F. Smith, W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, D. H. Wells, John Smith, Patriarch, L. J. Nuttall and George Reynolds. Conversation was had upon several subjects. Five hundred dollars per year was aded to the Salery of T. O. Angell Sr. and one thousand appropriated to fix up his house.
President Taylor had his article on the Gardo House read again and with slight changes it was approved. Bro. Taylor then went for those who had spoken against his article the day before and he showed much feeling. The item was that at a meeting of the Twelve some years ago a resolution had been passed which gave to the President $2,500 a year according to J. F. Smith’s statement but the minutes of that meeting showed that the Resolution gave to President J. Taylor the power to draw from the tithing without limit. J. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, F. D. Richards and Moses Thatcher spoke against any such power being placed in the hands of one man and that they wanted that Resolution rescinded when the men who passed it got together. President Taylor said he was in favor of it being withdrawn. Lyman and [p.71]myself did not speak on that matter because it was an action taken before we were ordained apostles but I will not vote for the President to have an unlimited draw at the tithing. Some mutual explanations were made and all felt well. When the party of brethren can be got together that Resolution must be taken under consideration. I was somewhat surprised to see the president attempt to bull down the Council after giving them the utmost liberty to speak and he will find such talk will never hold the present Council in awe.
[Friday, Jan. 6, 1882 – Salt Lake City] It rained and snowed all day.
I was at President J. Taylors office and a brother from Brighton applied to President Taylor for Council. He had been divorced by the Probate Court and had gone to living with old wife without being married to her. President Taylor referred the matter to me and Instructed his Bishop to Examine into the whole matter and report at an early day.
A crank downtown had got the idea into his head that the Lord wanted him to kill Prest. Taylor. Prest. W. Woodruff, O. Cedarstrom, Capt. A. Bjork and myself laid complaint against this man and the County Court sent him to the Insane Asylum.
Sarah and myself went to Theatre.
[Saturday, Jan. 7, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Snow on the ground.
4 p.m. a meeting of members elect of the Legislature met at the Council House to take into consideration offices for the Legislature. Joseph F. Smith was selected for president of Council, Clerk L. J. Nuttall, W. W. Taylor, S. Roskelley, Seargent at Arms, J. Van Gott, Messsenger, Lorenzo Farr, Usher Jeter Clinton, C. W. Smith, Watchmen, Chaplain W. Andrews. Speaker for the House F. M. Lyman, Clerk A. Stayner, J. F. Wells, John Morgan, Sargent at Arms John Smith, Messenger Levi Snow usher Milando Pratt, Watchman, E. Griffeth. Chaplin H. G. Boyle.
J. F. Smith and myself took supper with Prest. Taylor. My brother Charles came to town today.
[Monday, Jan. 9, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. the Legislature met and the House of Representatives was called to order by the Clerk of the former House. Roll was called and all the members present. I moved that we go into a permanent organization which carded. Lorin Farr moved that F. M. Lyman be made speaker. Carried. James Sharp moved Arthur Stayner to Chief Clerk. Abram Hatch moved that John Smith be Sargent at Arms. Levi Snow was made messenger, Milando Pratt Usher, Junius F. Wells Minute Clerk, John Morgan Engraving Clerk, E. Griffeth Watchman.
The Council organized with the following officers: Joseph F. Smith, [p.72]President, L. John Nuttall Clerk, W. W. Taylor Minute Clerk, John Van Cott Sargent at Arms, Lorenzo Farr Messenger, C. W. Smith Watchman, Samuel Roskelley Engraving Clerk and Jeter Clinton Usher.
The minute clerks and ushers are paid by the Territory. The members [of the Council] are Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, D. H. Wells, W. W. Cluff, Joseph F. Smith, J. T. Caine, A. O. Smoot, George Teasdale, A. K. Thurber, M. Thatcher, J. R. Murdock, Peter Barton. The members [of the House] are F. M. Lyman, Lorin Farr, E. H. Blackburn, O. G. Snow, W. B. Preston and W. H. Lee, J. H. Smith, H. W. Stout, James Sharp, John Jaques, C. W. Penrose, S. Francis, Canute Peterson, Henry Beal, Edward Dalton, W. H. Dusenberry, J. E. Booth, J. S. Page, S. R. Thurman, W. D. Johnson, Edward Partridge, S. F. Attwood, Abram Hatch & D. H. Peery.
The officers and members of both houses were sworn by Secretary Thomas. The members met in joint session and heard the governor’s message read. Some portions were very good and some merely twaddle. After the joint session a Committee on Rules was appointed, also a Committee on Printing.
[Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. House met. A Committee on Rules was apointed. No business done.
City Council met at 6 p.m. Some amendments to our charter was presented and passed upon and a number of bills were allowed.
[Thursday, Jan. 12, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The Twelve met in Council at 11 a.m. Present: John Taylor, W. Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, E. Snow, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, A.M. Cannon, L. J. Nuttall and myself.
The subject of the City Elections came up, and some discussion was had upon that subject, and some candidates for mayor were talked over. I gave President Taylor to understand what the feeling and sentiments of the people were in regard to political matters, either that the presiding Priesthood should dictate in those matters or leave it to the people and in my judgement it should be left as far as possible to the judgement of the people as to who they want. And I believe the day is not far distant when the people will claim to run these matters.
2 p.m. the Legislature met. A number of petitions were received and referred to the appropriate committees. The speaker announced the standing committees of the House. I am chairman of the committee on appropriations and am on the committees on Education, Highways, Irrigation, and Asylum. Every member has a chairmanship and is also on five committees.
[Friday, Jan. 13, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. the Twelve met in Council. Present: John Taylor, Joseph F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, L. Snow, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, Angus [p.73]M. Cannon, L. J. Nuttall and myself. Names for Mayor, Aldermen, and Councillors, and city officers were passed upon.
[Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I was working on an act to make certain parts of the Territorial law conform to Poland Bill.12
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 1882 – Salt Lake City 10 a.m. the Presidency and Twelve met at the Endowment House. Present: John Taylor, J. F. Smith, L. Snow, E. Snow, D. H. Wells, L. J. Nuttall and myself. We had prayers. Prest. Taylor decided that we could administer the sacrament to children under eight.
[Friday, Jan. 20, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. the Legislature was in session and they passed a liquor law affecting the charter of S.L. City.
[Thursday, Feb. 2, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Governor E. H. Murray invited the members and officers of the Legislature to meet at his house at 8 p.m. We went and found the federal officers and General MacCook and staff. We had a pleasant time.
[Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Today a Territorial Liquor bill came up and I endorsed it aside from a provision that diverted the revenue from the cities to a general school fund.
6 p.m. the City Council met and the business of the evening transacted. Hon. William Jennings was sworn in as Mayor and Mayor Little expressed his regret at seperating from his old associates. Hon. J. F. Smith responded in words of friendship and regard. After adjournment all of the city officers visited Mayor Little at his home and many good remarks were made congratulating him on his success as mayor of this city.
[Thursday, Feb. 16, 1882 – Salt Lake City] A memorial passed both houses of the Legislature asking the Congress of the United States to send a commission to look into the condition of affairs in this Territory.
Today Edmunds Bill for the punishing of poligamy in the Territories passed the Senate.
[p.74][Friday, Feb. 17, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 6 p.m. City Council met and worked until 10 p.m. on a new City Charter.
[Sunday, Feb. 19, 1882 – Salt Lake City] President Taylor decided that M. Thatcher and myself go East day after tomorrow and I was to pay my own expenses.
[Monday, Feb. 20, 1882 – Salt Lake City] There were meetings in the morning and evening at Prest. J. Taylor, to read over the petitions gotten by the direrent societies to be sent to Washington. The petitions met with general approval.
[Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Father Groesbeck gave me five hundred dollars to go to Washington with. I left the city Hall tonight. The new Council taking their seats.
[Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 3 p.m. I met with the following brethren: Prest. J. Taylor, J. F. Smith, F. D. Richards and F. M. Lyman. The question of calling a convention for the purpose of making a provisional government and getting up a constitution was talked over, but no conclusion arived at.
[Thursday, Feb. 23, 1882 – Ogden] 7 a.m. I bid my family good [bye] and went to Ogden. I met M. Thatcher and we found a pass to take us to Omaha.
[Thursday, March 2, 1882 – Chicago] Today was spent in visiting business houses and Bro. Thatcher got some letters of introduction to members of Congress.
We paid our hotel bill of 17 dollars each and bought our tickets to Washington. Cost $26.00 5 p.m. were on the road after biding Bro. Cardon good bye.
[Friday, March 3, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] We arrived in Washington at 6:40 p.m. and were met by Bro. [George Q.] Cannon and Irvine and taken to the Riggs house. Had supper and called upon Capt. Hooper and his daughter who received us very kindly. Bros. Cannon and Hooper feel confident that Bro. Cannon will get his seat [in the House of Representatives]. Public opinion seems to be subsiding a little but is still very bitter.
[Saturday, March 4, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] It is a beautiful day. We have visited the Capitol and was in the House of representatives. It seemed to me more like a mob than a dignified body of men.
[p.75]We were introduced to many members of Congress. We passed through the building and visited the Senate chamber, library, and court room. Bro. Cannon related how he felt when Garfield went back on him in his inaugeral address and how the Lord’s displeasure followed him. Capt. Hooper said Prest. Andrew Johnson was a friend to the Mormons still him and his family all went to the bad.
After dinner we walked over to the new department buildings and spent considerable time in looking around. I took my first view of the White House and cannot say I regard it very highly. I had a bath today in the Capitol. I must say I regard Washington as a very fine city.
[Sunday, March 5, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] The day has been spent in looking about the city and I find some magnificent homes and nice grounds.
[Monday, March 6, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] M. Thatcher left here at 9:30 p.m. for New York. In my brief acquaintance with him I have become very fond of him.
[Wednesday, March 8, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] Senator Edmunds has the face of a Monkey and looks to me as if he would take the cats paw to put in the fire. I am not fully satisfied with the appearance of the Senate. They do not fill my anticipations as to fine looks, and while that body are much more dignified than the House the men themselves are no better looking. Members of the House are not up to my expectations. Today the Edmunds bill came up in the house and pending consideration of the same the House adjourned untill 12 tomorrow.
[Thursday, March 9, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] Bro. Cannon introduced J. I. Hart and myself to Speaker Kieffer and we presented to him the petitions of the people of Utah.
|TTT Mens petition||signed by||12,278|
Bro. Cannon, Hart and myself made the matter of Congressional action in the Utah case a matter of fasting and prayer.
[Saturday, March 11, 1882- Washington, D.C.] Mr. Ainslie of Idaho took Bro. Hart and myself over to see the President and we were introduced to him as being both from Idaho. We shook hands and passed out into the large reception Hall and I guess the finest room in the United States. Chester A. Arthur is a large fine looking [p.76]man. From the White house Bro. Hart and Myself went to the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum and the department of agriculture.
[Monday, March 13, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] I presented the memorial of the Utah legislature to Congress to Speaker Keifer who presented them to the House. Mr. Haskell of Kansas called for Senate file 353 or more properly known as the Edmunds bill. Mr. Converse of Ohio made a point of order and which was just and right under the rules of the house.
[After discussion] The Speaker made a most dastardly ruling, both cowardly and Wicked. It was a strictly party vote, the democrats standing by law and order and the Republicans by misrule and misgovernment. It was a manly fight on the part of the democrats in the face of popular clamor. The democrats have resolved not to let the bill pass in its present form. What amendments they will secure is hard to tell, for the Republicans are bent on its going through just as it is. Today has been one of the most exciting of my life. The liberties of my people hanging on a thread and I powerless to do anything only sit and look on and ask the Lord to strengthen our friends and make them equal to the task.
[Tuesday, March 14, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] 10:30 a.m. the discussion of the Utah bill was resumed. I had made up my mind that the Republicans ment business and the democrats were begining to Weaken many of them. It was discussed pro & con for two hours, but no amendments were allowed. The yeas for the bill were 199. All the republicans, Independents and Greenbackers and some few democrats voted for the bill. 42 democrats voted no.
There are 51 who did not vote at all. The democrats who voted yea were opposed to the bill but their constituents had petitioned them to act and they could not in their judgement vote against the bill without ruining their chances for reelection.
The Republicans were filled with venom and were bent upon the acomplishment of their purpose. Haskell acted like a fiend, and I felt while he was talking down in front of the speakers desk, I should have been pleased to have been turned loose with him and fought in words or in a manly fight. God our father must judge these men for their evel design and doubt not he will do so in his own due time. I did not get excited or worried but felt I would like to fight it out with Mr. Haskell and the Republicans single and alone.
The work is done and all polygamists are disfranchised and turned out of office. Now we must wait and see whether persecution and all kinds of trickery is to follow this bill. Father thy will be done.13
[p.77][Wednesday, March 15, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] Bro. Cannon says he is willing to fight out his question and he finds that some of his friends are willing to stand by him.
Thursday, March 16, 1882 – Washington, D.C. Today a talk was had by Bros. Cannon, Hooper, Teasdell and myself about the organization of a state government and telegrams were sent to M. Thatcher to come on to Washington, and Capt. Hooper is to go on to Salt Lake City as soon as convenient.
Some of the democrats feel bad for our people that we are in a corner and that we cannot expect any quarter.
[Thursday, March 23, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] We made it a day of fasting and prayer.
[Friday, March 24, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] It is windy and cold. The Washington Post said this morning that President C. A. Arthur had signed the Edmunds bill.
I am feeling like the weather looks and that rather blue.
[Thursday, March 30, 1882 – Washington, D.C.] We bought our tickets today $26.00 each to Chicago.
[Wednesday, April 5, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. the C.F. [Council of Fifty] met and talked over minority representation and whether it should be put in the new constitution. This question was spoken upon by E. Snow, J. F. Smith, H. Stout, L. Farr, D. H. Wells, F. D. and F. S. Richards, B. F. Johnson, F. M. Lyman and A. M. Cannon and myself. It was given as the sense of the Council that no minority representation should be allowed.
It was also decided that nothing should be done or said in regard to plural marriage.
The Council adjourned until June 21st.
[Saturday, April 8, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 12 m. the Twelve met in Council. President J. F. Smith of the first Presidency, W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, D. H. Wells and myself. After ballotting we unanimously decided to accept D. H. Wells and J. N. Smith as members of our quorum.
[p.78]4 p.m. The Presidency and twelve met at Council and President W. Woodruff told Prest. Taylor that we were united on the men we wanted to fill our quorum. He said he was not prepared to act untill G. Q. Cannon came home and the matter was laid over.
[Sunday, April 9, 1882 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] President John Taylor spoke 20-30 minutes and made a failure, his talk was not wise nor given by the spirit of the Lord, if I could judge.
[Thursday, April 13, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. the Twelve met in Council. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young [Jr.], M. Thatcher, J. W. Young and myself. The question of missionary labor among the Indians was talked over and a vote taken that we would Educate some young Indians and then send them among their tribes to preach. We also decided to select some white men to take charge of Indian matters. We also decided to make a settlement somewhere in old Mexico.
[Sunday, April 23, 1882 – Nephi, Juab County] [stake conference] 2 p.m. The people took a vote that they would not fellowship any man who sold liquor or who patronized outside saloons.
Four persons were cut of[f] from the Church and three were suspended.
[Tuesday, April 25, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I went to the Convention at 10 a.m. and the committee adopted the Constitution, and the committee agreed to stand by their labor.
2 p.m. the Convention met and read the Constitution through the first time.14
[Thursday, April 27, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The Constitutional Convention adopted the Constitution and adjourned untill June 6th, 2 p.m.
[Thursday, May 4, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I got $50.000 order from J. Jack. I paid Z.C.M.I. $65.00.
I baptized my son Don Carlos and J. F. Smith confirmed him.
[p.79][Tuesday, May 9, 1882 – Provo] I went out to my land. Bro. Lyman and myself went to the spot where the asylum is being built. We are of the opinion that they are too close to the mountain.
[Wednesday, May 17, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Taylor, Smith, Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, John Smith Patriarch, L. J. Nuttall and myself [met].
On motion Jeremiah Black of Philadelphia, Penn. was selected as attorney for the people of Utah in the coming fight between the Federal government and Utah.
[Thursday, May 25, 1882 – Orderville, Kane County] I believe Bro. H. O. Spencer is getting tired of his labor in the United Order and others are getting dissatisfied but their business is a success thus far.
[Wednesday, June 21, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I returned home at 10 a.m. having traveled by team 786 miles and by Rail 334, total 1,120.
10 a.m. C. of F. met and talked over political maters.
[Thursday, June 22, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The C. of F. met at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and discused the political situation. I moved to form a political party. E. Snow, J. F. Smith, W. H. Hooper, G. Q. Cannon, F. M. Lyman, H. Stout, A.M. Cannon, J. Taylor and myself spoke on the subject.
[Friday, June 23, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Two meetings of the Council of F. were held and various subjects of interest to us at the present time were discused.
[Saturday, June 24, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The discussions of our election matters were continued today and some committees appointed.
[Monday, June 26, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at Prest. Taylor’s office. 2 p.m. C. of F. met and admired two new members, William Budge and C. W. Penrose. Prest. J. Taylor gave a revelation in regard to our course with our government.15
[p.80][Tuesday, June 27, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The C. of F. met twice today and discused various plans as bearing upon Election matters.
Bros. L. W. Hardy and H. B. Clawson were received members of this society. Two revelations were acepted as the word and will of God. They were given through President John Taylor, and in the same the Lord has promised to fight our battles for us.16
We adjourned subject to the call of the President.
[Thursday, June 29, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I received an appointment to go to Juab, Sanpete, Sevier, and Emery Counties to look after Election matters.
[Wednesday, July 19, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. the Presidency and Twelve met in Council. Present: John Taylor, J. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, D. H. Wells, L. J. Nuttall, Bp. E. Hunter and myself. Prest. J. Taylor said in answer to the question, shall the saints kneel when the sacrament is being blest. He thought they had better not as it is inconvenient for large congregations to do so.
[Thursday, July 27, 1882 – Ogden] Myself and Sarah went to Ogden. Father Farr is 62 years old today. His children presented him an easy chair, cost $48.00.
In the evening about 60 relatives met and partook of a fine repast. A most enjoyable time was had.
[Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I met with the following brethren in Council: J. F. Smith, W. Woodruff, E. Snow, B. Young, D. H. Wells, John Sharp, W. Jennings, R. F. Burton, J. R. Winder, F. D. Richards, F. S. Richards, C. W. Penrose, A. [p.81]M. Musser, George Reynolds, and Charles Richards. A resolution was passed setting fourth that we would make a legal fight against the governor appointing men to office under the new law [the Edmunds Act].
Bro. E. Snow and son, myself and Son [George Albert] are on our way to Emery Co.
[Thursday, Aug. 17, 1882 – Fairview, Sanpete Co.] The Liberals held a convention here yesterday and made selection of county officers.17
[Friday, Aug. 18, 1882-Mount Pleasant, Sanpete Co.] A telegram from J. F. Smith informed me the United States Commissioners had arrived and that Bro. G. Q. Cannon and my wife Sarah would come tomorrow morning.
[Monday, Aug. 21, 1882 – Manti, Sanpete Co.] 3 p.m. a Council was held and it was decided that J. B. Maiben should hold the title to the Temple Spring. It was also decided that the local corporations should hold their tithing houses.
[Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Their was a Council of the brethren today to take in the situation and to talk over the same.
[Friday, Aug. 25, 1882 – Salt Lake City] At 12 noon the brethren met in Council and the rules passed by the [Utah] Commission were discused. It is very evident that they have had to make some law.
[Monday, Aug. 28, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and some of the Twelve and other brethren met and talked over the situation and it was decided that we would recommend to our brethren in office not to give up their offices to men appointed by the governor.
A Committee has been appointed to visit the Counties and put the political machinery in thorough condition.
[Thursday, Aug. 31, 1882 – Provo] I went to Provo and called upon [Karl] G. Maeser. I paid the tuition of my son [George Albert] for the quarter [at Brigham Young Academy].
[p.82][Friday, Sept. 1, 1882 – Nephi, Juab County] Joel Grover and I made arrangements about election matters.
[Saturday, Sept. 2, 1882 – Ephraim, Sanpete County] Bros. Canute Peterson, Henry Beal, James A. Allred and and myself went to Manti, where we met Franklin Spencer, G. W. Bean, Bishop Wright, J. B. Maiben and Bp. Read. We talked over the full political situation and agreed on a policy and went to work to carry it out. I scatered some of the Presidencys address and the Central Committee’s Rules and the brethren scattered to their various fields.
I returned to Ephraim where I met Bro. George Farnsworth and he agreed to go to Castle Valley and take with him C. H. Wheelock and aid in putting that county in order for the elections and Registration.
[Friday, Sept. 8, 1882 – Provo] I bought a dictionary, grammar, reader, and speller for my boy. I paid my taxes and got George some shoes.
[Saturday, Sept. 9, 1882 – Salt Lake City] President B. Younges heirs are anxious to transfer the appointing power of directors of the B[righam]. Y[oung]. Academy at Provo to the Twelve.
[Thursday, Sept. 14, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 1 p.m. I attended court and heard arguments on the law granting the fight of suffrage to the women.18
The judges have taken the matter under advisement.
[Friday, Sept. 15, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Everything possible is taken to evade registering members of the peoples party at Ogden.
[Saturday, Sept. 16, 1882 – Salt Lake City] Today Judges Hunter and Emerson decided in favor of the woman suffrage act.
[Monday, Sept. 18, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I am thirty four years old today and I am in good health and spirits. My wives and children are all happy and well, and while our government is making exertions to bring trouble upon the saints all is well in Zion.
My wife Sarah gave me a gold collar button. My wife Josephine gave me Gaskels Compendium.
[p.83]I bought fifty steel engravings of my father, and will scatter them among the family.
[Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1882 – Salt Lake City] [In a Quorum of the Twelve meeting] It was decided that Bro. F. M. Lyman and myself should visit the Goose Creek [Idaho] country. It was also decided that the Church should pay traveling expenses.
I received $25.00 from James Jack on expense account.
[Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1882 – Spring Basin, Cassia County, Idaho] We called upon Mr. Charles Cobb and talked over the political situation.
[Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 3 p.m. all of the first Presidency, and Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman and myself all of the twelve apostles [met].
President John Taylor gave us his views on the duties of the first Presidency and the duties of the Twelve and showed by statistics that it was the prerogative of the president of the church to select candidates for the apostleship, and the Council of the apostles to confirm. I beleive it is the twelve’s right to confirm or reject.
I do not beleive in the doctrine that the president of the Church should select all candidates for civil office.
[Thursday, Oct. 5, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The following members of the Twelve met in Council: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, D. H. Wells and myself. Letters from B. F. Johnson and A. F. MacDonald in regard to settlement in old Mexico. Bro. Johnson sent some names for us to call and by vote it was decided to present them to President Taylor to have them presented to the conference.
The Presidency and Twelve met and Bros Woodruff and E. Snow reported what the Twelve had done. President Taylor did not aprove of what we had done.
[Friday, Oct. 6, 1882 – Salt Lake City] [general conference]
7 p.m. Prests. John Taylor and George Q. Cannon were the speakers and they both held the doctrine of explicite obedience by the Latter-day saints in spiritual and temporal matters. I don’t quite agree.
[Sunday, Oct. 8, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 12 noonday. The Twelve met in Council. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, D. H. Wells and myself.
[p.84]A[braham]. H. Cannon and T. B. Lewis were chosen by unanimous vote to fill the vacancies in the Presidency of the Seventies.
Erastus Snow said that in the Kirtland Temple some of the brethren complained because Don C. Smith was chosen to preside over the High priests. The Prophet said my family have been chosen to preside over the quorums of the Priesthood.
[Tuesday, Oct. 10, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. the C. of F. met and read the minutes of former meetings and adjourned untill 2 p.m. Nothing done only to decide that E. Snow and M. Thatcher should go to Mexico.
[Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. the Presidency and Twelve met in Council. Present: John Taylor, G. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, L. J. Nuttall and myself were present. Many items were talked over and we were together untill after two O’clock. As soon as our meeting was over the C.F. met and were in session untill after 5 p.m. The delegateship was discused and J. T. Caine was the choice of those present.
[Thursday, Oct. 12, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I received a hint today from Prest. J. Taylor that I am to go on a mission. I was at the Presidents office all day. In the evening I was at the peoples party convention.
[Friday, Oct. 13, 1882 – S. L. City] My wife Josephine is 25 years old today. I gave her a gold ring. I was at Prest. John Taylor office most of the day.
President Taylor presented a revelation he had received in which the Lord presented the names of George Teasdale and H[eber]. J. Grant to fill the vacancies in the quorum of the Twelve and S. B. Young to fill a vacancy in the Seventies. The revelation embodies some nice doctrinal points. [See November 24, 1882, entry for text of revelation.]
Their were present John Taylor, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, E. Snow, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, L. J. Nuttall, George Reynolds and myself and part of the time Lorenzo Snow.
I am not clear on one of these brethren proposed for position. Bro. Teasdale is distastefull to me in his sycophantic manner. H. J. Grant I love, but he should have the testimony of the truth, and he is physically ruined. S. B. Young is choice in every way, but on the doctrine of celestial marriage [plural marriage] I am afraid he is lame.
In the evening I attended the high Council meeting who were to pass upon the correctness of some doctrines and revelations to C. W. Stayner.
[p.85]Prest. A.M. Cannon in my judgement got badly mudled and made some wild rulings. I would spank my boys for such lack of Justice and Judgement.
[Saturday, Oct. 14, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. The first Presidency and Twelve and Presidents of stakes had a meeting. G. Q. Cannon offered prayer.
George Reynolds read the new revelation to President Taylor upon the filling up of the quorum of the Twelve and first Presidency of the Seventy.
George Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, Prest. J. Taylor, Erastus Snow, L. Snow, M. Thatcher, B. Young, John Murdock and F. M. Lyman spoke on the doctrine of Celestial marriage, and also on the organization of a company to deal in wagons and machinery.
[Monday, Oct. 16, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met in council: John Taylor, George Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, H. J. Grant, H. S. Eldredge, John Van Cott, W. W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, S. B. Young, L. J. Nuttall, George Reynolds and myself. George Teasdale, H. J. Grant and S. B. Young accepted the places to which they had been called by revelation.
I am satisfied that before another President over our Church is sustained The Twelve apostles will be compeled to have an understanding in relation to the duties of their respective quorums. The first President takes the whole business in his hands.
[Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1882 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. The following named brethren met at the Twelves room at the Council house: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells, H. S. Eldridge, John Van Cott, W. W. Taylor, A. H. Cannon, S. B. Young and myself. The Indian mission was talked over, and several of the brethren expressed their views. A motion that the stakes have charge of the Indians in their jurisdiction was carried and men to take charge selected to be presented to the Presidency.
The question was asked what body of men composed the first quorum of Seventies. Our meeting held four hours.
[Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1882 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and Twelve met in Council.
I was chosen to go to England to preside in that mission.
[p.86][Thursday, Oct. 19, 1882 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah feels very badly about my going.
[Sunday, Oct. 22, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I went to Kaysville and made arrangements with John S. Smith to take care of our sheep.
[Monday, Oct. 23, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I turned my horses over to G.T.O. [General Tithing Office] and they allowed me $150.00 for them. I gave my wife Sarah F. a ring today as a birthday present as I am going away.
[Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I made arrangemeants with my mother to board my son for $10.00 per month half merchandise and half on G.T.O. I also arranged with [Karl] G. Maeser to take G.T.O. orders for tuition.
I blest my son George Albert and gave him some fatherly instruction.
[Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I bid my mother and son good bye for the present and returned to the City.
I went to Prest. Taylors office and received the following:
Blessing pronounced upon the head of Apostle John Henry Smith under the hands of Presidents John Taylor, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith. President J. Taylor was mouth.
Brother John Henry: In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, we lay our hands upon thy head and set thee apart to go and preside over the European mission. And to this end, we pray that the spirit and power of thy mission may rest upon thee from this time forth; that the spirit of God may flow into thee, directing thee in all things pertaining to this mission and the interests thereof and pertaining to those over whom thou shalt preside, over all the Elders in that Country, that is, in England, in Scandinavia, in Germany, and in Switzerland, or wherever thy mission shall extend in that part of the world; that thou mayest be filled with the spirit and power of the Apostleship and be able to discern the spirits and actions of men, that thou mayest have wisdom given unto thee at all times to enable thee to act intelligently and carefully in managing all the affairs of thy mission; that thou mayest be as a father unto those over whom thou shalt preside. And seek unto God and obtain from Him revelation to direct thee in everything thou shalt engage in, that thou mayest have wisdom to direct and appoint men to those places in which they will be most serviceable and where their talents shall be most usefully employed, not only in England but in other parts of Europe wherein they shall labor; and pray that the spirit and [p.87]power of God may rest down upon thee at all times, that thou mayest be enabled to act intelligently in all thy doings.
And we say unto thee seek unto the Lord to enable thee to do whatever devolves upon thee, and thou shalt be blessed, and in the transaction of business, in making appointments, and in all matters pertaining to the interest of the Church and Kingdom of God in that part of the Lords vineyard, seek unto the Lord to know just what is best and what is calculated to benefit the people over whom thou shalt preside.
And we ask that thy health and strength may be adequate to the labors to be performed in this mission, that thy system may be preserved from disease, and that thou mayest be enabled to accomplish a good work even according to the desire of thy heart, and see the work of God roll forth in that part of the land where thou shalt preside.
And we say unto thee, go in peace, and God shall bless thee in thy journey upon land and across the Ocean, and in thy labors in that part of the world, and thou shalt return, after accomplishing a good work, to the bosom of thy family and to the association of the Saints.
We seal upon thee all of these blessings and set thee apart to this mission, and ask that the spirit and power of God may rest down upon thee from this time forth. We seal all these blessings upon thy head by virtue of the Holy Priesthood and Apostleship in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
[Thursday, Oct. 26, 1882 – Salt Lake City] My wives made me a present of a pair of sleeve buttons and a stud.
[Friday, Oct. 27, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I received from James Jack one hundred dollars for expenses. I have a pass over the Union Pacific.
Presidents office Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
L. City U. T. Oct. 26
Instructions for President John Henry Smith.
You are hereby appointed and authorized to proceed to Liverpool, England, to releive President Albert Carrington in the Presidency of the European Mission and all other missions connected therewith, and to take full charge, oversight and presidency thereof in his stead, and to direct, counsel and advise in regard to all persons and affairs connected with said Presidency in such manner as your judgement, the Holy Spirit and advice from us, from time to time, may direct for the salvation of the human family, the gathering of Israel and the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God.
That you may be aboundantly blessed in all your efforts to do good, magnify your calling, honor our God, and be generally instrumental in spreading this work upon the earth, is the prayer of your Brethren in the gospel.
[p.88]John Taylor, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith
First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
[Saturday, Oct. 28, 1882 – Salt Lake City] I bid my family good bye and William Groesbeck and myself left for our missions to Europe.
[Thursday, Nov. 2, 1882 – New York City] I found Bro. Jas. H. Hart and made some calls. I Bot pantaloons for myself. Paid $4.25. My expenses to this place have been $35.00.
5 p.m. I took steamer for Boston.
[Friday, Nov. 3, 1882 – Boston] I left here for Whitefield, N.H. and reached that place at 5:30 p.m. and stayed with my Uncle Webster Libbey.
[Saturday, Nov. 4, 1882 – Whitefield, New Hampshire] Weather fine. I visited my Uncles Charles, John, George, N. Webster and Henry and their wives. I also saw the family of my Uncle Colby.
They all seemed pleased to see me and treated me kindly. 2 p.m. I bid them all good bye and returned to Boston and put up at the United States Hotel.
[Monday, Nov. 6, 1882 – New York City] I had a pleasant trip and returned all right. Found William Groesbeck, Orson Arnold and James Clinton at the Grand Central Hotel where I also put up. I visited Richard Young on Governors Island and took dinner.
I went to the theatre. It was a good play.
[Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1882 – New York City] Bro. James H. Hart got a free ticket for me across the Ocean. I paid hotel bill $4.50. 2 p.m. we went on board of the Steamship Abyssinia. Bros. J. H. Hart, O. C. Arnold, James Clinton, and Richard Young went on board with us. We bid good bye to our friends and moved out into the river.
[Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1882 – At Sea] Wind dead ahead. We are 219 miles out at sea, and William and Myself are both sea sick.
[Saturday, Nov. 11, 1882 – At Sea] Wind more Wind. 190 miles made in 24 hours. We got on deck a little while today.
[p.89][Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1882 – Atlantic Ocean] Our run is 294 miles for the last 24 hours. William Groesbeck and myself are both well.
[Saturday, Nov. 18, 1882 – Atlantic Ocean] The day is fogy and we are moving cautiously as we are nearing the Irish coast. We arrived at Queenstown in the evening having made a run of 356 miles. The mails were landed, and we moved on.
[Sunday, Nov. 19, 1882 – Irish Sea and Liverpool] Heavy wind and we were compeled to stop at the bay and wait for high tide. On our arrival in the River Mersey we were met by Bros. O[rson]. F. Whitney, R. R. Anderson, Charles and George C. Lambert. We passed through the custom House without trouble and went at once to 42 where we met Bro. A[lbert]. Carrington who treated us kindly.
[Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1882 – Liverpool] Bro. A. Carrington and myself spent the entire day talking over the affairs of the mission.
[Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1882 – Liverpool] I spent the day reading in the church works. I was measured for a suit of clothes. I bought two nice silk handkerchiefs for my wives. They cost 7 shillings.
[Thursday, Nov. 23, 1882 – Liverpool] I went to Manchester by the 10 a.m. train. The conference house is 2 Gay Street, off Gt. Jackson St. I met Bro. Emmett and visited with him until Ben E. Rich came in. We had a good time. He looks the best in health I ever saw him. I never saw a man feel better in my life. I gave Ben 20 shillings. I returned to Liverpool.
[Friday, Nov. 24, 1882 – Liverpool] I received a letter from my wife Josephine written Nov. 5. All were pretty well at that time. I also received a letter from my son George Albert with a gem picture. I received a copy of the following revelation.
Revelation given through President John Taylor,
at Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Oct. 13th 1882.
Thus saith the Lord to the Twelve, and to the priesthood and people of my church: Let my servants George Teasdale and Heber J. Grant be appointed to fill the vacancies in the Twelve, that you may be fully organized and prepared for the Labors devolving upon you, for you have a great work to perform, and then proceed to fill up the presiding quorum of Seventies, and assist in organizing that body of my priesthood who are your co-laborers in the ministry. You may appoint Seymour B. Young to fill up ‘the vacancy in the presiding quorum of seventies, if he will conform to my [p.90]law; for it is not meet that men who will not abide by law shall preside over my priesthood; and then proceed forthwith and call to your aid any assistance that you may recquire from among the seventies to assist you in your labors in introducing and maintaining the gospel among the Lamanites throughout the land. And then let High Priests be selected, under the direction of the first Presidency, to preside over the various organizations that shall exist among this people; that those who receive the Gospel may be taught in the doctrines of my church, and in the ordinances and law thereof; and also in the things pertaining to my Zion and my Kingdom, saith the Lord, that they may be one with you in my church and my Kingdom.
Let the Presidency of my church be one in all things; and let the Twelve also be one in all things; and let them all be one with me as I am one with the Father.
And let the High Priests organize themselves and purify themselves, and prepare themselves for this labor, and for all other labors that they may be called upon to fulfil.
And let the Presidents of Stakes also purify themselves, and the priesthood and people of the Stakes over which they preside, and organize the priesthood in their various Stakes according to my law in all the various departments thereof, in the High Councils, in the Elders quorums, and in the Bishops and their councils, and in the quorum of Priests, Teachers and Deacons, that every quorum may be fully organized according to the order of my church; and then let them inquire into the standing and fellowship of all that hold my holy priesthood in their several stakes; and if they find those that are unworthy let them remove them, except they repent; for my priesthood, whom I have called and whom I have sustained and honored, shall honor me and obey my laws, and the laws of my holy priesthood or they shall not be considered worthy to hold my priesthood, saith the Lord. And let my priesthood humble themselves before me, and seek not their own will but my will; for if my priesthood, whom I have chosen, and called, and endowed with the spirit and gifts of their several callings, and with the powers thereof do not acknowledge me I will not acknowledge them, saith the Lord, for I will be honored and obeyed by my priesthood.
And, then, I call upon my priesthood, and upon all my people, to repent of all their sins and shortcomings, of their covetousness and pride and selfwill, and of all their iniquities wherein they sin against me; and to seek with all humility to fulfil my law, as my priesthood, my saints, and my people, and I call upon the heads of families to put their houses in order according to the law of God, and attend to the various duties and responsibilities associated therewith, and to purify themselves before me, and to purge out iniquity from their households.
And I will bless and be with you, Saith the Lord, and ye shall gather together in your holy places wherein ye assemble to call upon me, and ye shall ask for such things as are right, and I will hear your prayers, and my [p.91]spirit and power shall be with you, and my blessing shall rest upon you, upon your families, your dwellings, and your households, upon your flocks and herds and fields, your orchards and vineyards, and upon all that pertain to you, and you shall be my people and I will be your God and your enemies shall not have dominion over you, for I will preserve you and confound them, saith the Lord, and they shall not have power nor dominion over you; for my word shall go forth, and my work shall be accomplished; and my Zion shall be established, and my rule and my power and my dominion shall prevail among my people, and all nations shall yet acknowledge me, Even So amen.
[Saturday, Nov. 25, 1882 -Liverpool] We Went with Bro. A. Carrington on board of the Abyssinia and saw him comfortably fixed. We bid him good by and returned to 42.
Bishop O. F. Whitney is full of faith and good work. Bro. R. R. Anderson is filled with a spirit of fault finding and criticism.
I bought myself a hat to day and paid 15-6 for it.
[Sunday, Nov. 26, 1882 – Liverpool] It rained like wrath this morning.
Bp. O. F. Whitney, William Groesbeck and some of the saints and myself went to Warrington to hold a district meeting in the Cooperative Hall.
I spoke for fifty minutes and enjoyed the spirit of the Lord in rich aboundance.
About one hundred strangers attended our meeting during the afternoon and evening. We returned to Liverpool at 9 p.m.
[Monday, Nov. 27, 1882 – Liverpool] Raining as usual.
I was busy answering letters and looking into business matters.
R. R. Anderson is acting very queer. He has never prayed in the family or returned thanks for his food, but he does kneel down in secret prayer. He has an idea that when a man prays in public he is a hypocrit and is in danger of apostacy. He feels very unhappy because I desire him to take part in the family and said he wished me to get another book keeper as soon as I could as he is not in harmony with my wishes in regard to that duty of prayer. He is nervous and acts like a mad man. He is a monomaniac on the subject of the faults of his brethren.
[Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1882 – Liverpool] I received letters from George Reynolds, J. A. West and Charles Reynolds who desire to go home, being discouraged and homesick. O. F. Whitney, R. R. Anderson, W. Groesbeck and myself went to the Alexandria Theatre to see Edwin Booth play Hamlet. It was very fine.
[p.92][Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1882 – Liverpool] I received a letter from Robert McLean and answered it at once about the Emigration of a sister, I advised her not to go untill some of the Elders were returning home, or a company going in the spring.
I paid £5-18.6 for a suit of clothes out of office money.
[Thursday, Nov. 30, 1882 – Liverpool] I sent a necktie to each of my wives.
I received letters from H. J. Richards and J. T. D. McAllister. I wrote to J. A. West and to Bro. Wilford Woodruff. I told him that the slander[s] about Bro. Carrington were founded on indiscretions and not on Criminal acts But that Charles Felt could tell him what had occurred. [See entry for December 10, 1882.]
[Sunday, Dec. 3, 1882 – Birmingham] I am back again in the old field among my English friends. We held three meetings in Hockley chapel. There were present of the valley Elders O. F. Whitney, Charles and George C. Lambert, Robert Ure, A. Bailey, G. Sharp, William H. Wright, Thomas Tew, Samuel R. Weston, Timothy Gilbert, William Groesbeck and myself, all of whom took part in the days services. Quite a number of strangers were in attendance. I shook hands with many old friends.
[Thursday, Dec. 7, 1882 – Liverpool] Cold and stormy, ground covered with snow. I wrote a long letter to President John Taylor. I also wrote to George Reynolds, J. A. West, Alfred Alder and Ben E. Rich. I sent some handkerchiefs and other little things to my children. I have been very busy. I have fixed Jan. 14 for the conference at Manchester.
[Friday, Dec. 8, 1882 – Liverpool] Stormy.
I have been worried about James Purdee, a young man that works in the office. He seems to feel sneaking. I was reading and writting some today. My eyes failed me being over worked.
[Saturday, Dec. 9, 1882 – Liverpool] Raining.
James Purdee burglarized the house last night by prying off a board at the back door and coming in after hours. It also turns out that he has tried to get with the hired girl Jane. I am afraid he is a bad lot, but I must try to save him. I called James Purdee into the office and talked to him about his doings. He cried and said he would be better but I have but little faith.
Tonight I bought a pair of cuffs, a pair of gloves, two neckties, 9 shillings and two pence.
[p.93][Sunday, Dec. 10, 1882 – Liverpool] Cold. Bro. O. F. Whitney and I went to Blackburn and held three meetings in the Cooperative Hall. Bros. Parkinson, Tanner, Perry, Wilson, Leyland and Graham were all present and took part in the meetings. The people gave us the cold shoulder. Their were but three strangers in the morning 6 in the afternoon and 4 in the evening. Quite a number of the saints were present and we had good meetings.
We returned to Liverpool. Bro. Whitney and myself made a day of fasting of this.
Bro. R. R. Anderson says that Bro. A. Carrington cannot get within the neighborhood of a woman without fondling her and that the Houseskeeper was petted and fondled by him, and familiarities taken that brought disgrace upon the house untill the people across the way had threatened to mob the house. Bp. O. F. Whitney said he took her to London and that she just lorded it over every lady in the House. R. R. Anderson had warned the present Housekeeper against bro. Carrington. It was reported that the people over the way saw him laying upon her in the prayer room. The one that is gone to Utah.
[Monday, Dec. 11, 1882 – Liverpool] It is very cold. I was reading and writting part of the day. I received letters from Josephine dated Dec. [November?] 26th. All were well at home. I also received a letter from Prest. Jos. F. Smith in which he gave me the information that James Urie had been drunk all the way across the planes and had disgraced the whole church by his exhibitions while traveling.
[Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1882 – Liverpool] It is still very cold.
I was reading the papers from home. I wrote letters to David McKay telling him to watch Urie.
I wrote to Prest. J. F. Smith about Urie and told him of Robert R. Andersons condition, and his belief in regard to prayer, also about the condition of James Purdee our printing office boy.
[Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1882 – Liverpool] It is snowing and foggy.
I wrote letters to Edwin Eyre, J. A. West, Ben E. Rich and Joseph A. A. Bunot. I also drafted a letter to be sent to all of the Presidents of conferences asking for information in regard to the baptisms for the year 1882, the number of first Baptisms and what proportion are the children of the saints, and what proportion of New Converts and also the number of rebaptisms.
[p.94][Saturday, Dec. 16, 1882 – Liverpool] Rainy and foggy. I spent most of the day reading.
[Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1882 – Liverpool] Some rain and fogg.
I wrote to P. F. Goss, the President of the Swiss mission and gave him instruction in regard to administering the ordinances, also in regard to Emigration, and items in regard to the expenses of the Elders.
We received some Salt Lake papers today.
[Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1882 – Liverpool] Foggy. I spent the day reading the scriptures.
[Thursday, Dec. 21, 1882 – Liverpool] The sun was shining for a half hour today. I received letters from D. McKay and C. Sharp. The latter says he will stay untill spring. I wrote to Bro. D. McKay.
Bro. Whitney and myself went to Birkenhead and held meeting with the saints. A few strangers were present. We both spoke and the spirit of the Lord was with us.
[Saturday, Dec. 23, 1882 – Liverpool] Jane Pond, a hired girl in 42, made a confession this morning that James Purdee and herself had been guilty of fornication. He admitted the same thing. They comenced feeling of one another in September and have kept this up from time to time untill the night of Nov. 18th when they had sexual intercourse and they have done the same thing three or four times since. I have their written statements signed and witnessed.
[Monday, Dec. 25, 1882 – Liverpool] Rainy and foggy.
I was busy all day over the trouble in the house. R. R. Anderson insulted me most shamefully. I threatened him with personal violence and was on the eve of administering it, but the Lord gave me power to hold myself and I asked Anderson’s pardon for loosing my temper with him. Bro. G. Parkinson witnessed this affair. Anderson gave no evidence of a desire to make right with me for the language he had used. I cannot bear his insults and slurs anymore.
[Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1882 – Liverpool] It is very foggy today.
I wrote to Joseph F. Smith and told him plainly my feelings in regard to R. R. Anderson, that he is honest in money matter[s] and free from Women, but that he was in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of doubt and fear.
[p.95]Jane Pond told me this morning that Mary J. Nowlan told her that she found Bro. Carrington laying on the lounge and Sarah Kirkman lying on top of him. On board of one of Guions steamers in the cabin and in the presence of G. Ramsden and Moroni Brown and others Sarah Kirkman put her arms around Bro. Carringtons neck and laid her head upon his bosom.
He took this same woman to London paying her way, and they were gone 9 days. She stoped in the prayer room evenings and they drank beer and had good times together. She bit his nose untill it was red for several days. They played on the floor like children and he kissed and cudled her. He gave her his bed and slept upon the lounge when their were plenty of beds in the house, and when he was wanted he could not be found although he was in the House. These last statements were given me by R. R. A. and must be taken with a grain of allowance.
Bros. Anderson, Parkinson, Whitney and myself came to the conclusion that Jane Pond better go home.
[Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1882 – Liverpool] Rainy.
I have written the stories told about Bro. Carrington to President Taylor.
James Purdee and Jane Pond confessed their Sin to the Presidency of this branch and were forgiven.
[Friday, Dec. 29, 1882 – Liverpool and Glasgow] Arrangements are made for Bro. Reynolds, Smuthwaite and Jane Pond to go on Saturday to the Valley.
1:45 p.m. Ben E. Rich and myself left Liverpool for Glasgow where we arrived at 8 p.m. and were met by Bro. David McKay and other brethren. We walked to Rutherglen Road 702 and put up with Bro. Wilson.
It rained very hard here in Scotland.
[Saturday, Dec. 50, 1882 – Glasgow] Stormy and foggy.
I rested very well. The brethren laboring in the Glasgow conference came in to the Conference house and we spent some time covering over matters in the mission untill noon.
During the afternoon we visited one of the Parks and the museum and looked about town.
At 6 p.m. we met with the brethren in Counsel and the Lord was with us in power and we had a most enjoyable time. The brethren laboring here are David McKay, Jos. W. McMurrin, David Burnett, John Penman, David W. Tullis, James Meikle, Robrt Hunter, John McQuarrie and John Crawford. James Uric has failed to put in an appearance. Bro. David Burnett is quite unwell.
[p.96][Sunday, Dec. 31, 1882 – Glasgow] Rainy and foggy.
10 a.m. we held meeting at No. 8 Watson street. All of the Elders from Utah laboring in Scotland reported their districts and all seemed very well satisfied with their labor. I spoke a few moments and read the 31st Chapter of Proverbs.
6 p.m. We again met in the hall.
Bro. David Burnett spoke 30 minutes on various subjects and I spoke upon the history of Joseph Smith for one hour and ten minutes. Bro. McKay spoke a few minutes. I closed by blessing the saints.
Drunkenness and sexual sins are the prevalent crimes of Scotland.
The Lord was with [us] by his spirit today and the Elders were filled with testimony.
The Saints say it was the best conference ever held in Glasgow. The Lord be blessed for his manifestations of power.
During the year 1882 I served about forty days in the Territorial Legislature. I spent one month in the City of Washington with G. Q. Cannon, M. Thatcher, W. W. Hooper and John Irvine and was present in the House of Representatives when the Edmunds Bill passed. I have attended meetings in Cache, Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Juab, Sanpete, Emery, Piute, Garfield, Kane, Wasatch, and Beaver Counties in the Utah Territory. Also in Cassia Co. Idaho. I have held meetings in Birmingham, Liverpool, Warrington, Blackburn, and Glasgow in the British [Isles], having traveled by team, railway, and steam boat over seventeen thousand miles and this in my ministry as a servant of the Lord. I have been most happy in this labor, feeling I have striven to do my duty to my people and to the Lord. I accompanied Mr. Phillips Robinson through southern Utah to Orderville when he was laboring in the interest of the New York World [newspaper]. I have attended meetings for very nearly every day in the year.
Prest. J. Taylor has received three revelations. George Teasdale and H. J. Grant were chosen into the quorum of the Twelve by revelation. Utah has prospered financially and good peace prevails.
The Utah Commission did its work. And J. T. Caine was elected by an overwhelming majority [as delegate to Congress]. The polygamists did not vote.
[Monday, Jan. 1, 1883- Glasgow] At this time I am happy and well and I feel that the Lord has been good to me.
[Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1883 – Glasgow] The Sun is shining this morning.
[p.97]The brethren met me at 10 a.m. and we held a little meeting and I spoke to them, and we had a most glorious time. The Lord met with us by his spirit and great power was manifest, and all were most happy.
[Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1883 – Liverpool] Rainy. I was busy all day with letters and papers.
[Thursday, Jan. 4, 1883 – Liverpool] Cold and smoky.
I wrote letters to Sarah and Josephine and Aunt Lucy.
I received letters from P. F. Goss from Switzerland and P. J. Lammers in Holland. Sister Charles Lambert is coming to stop with us for a month.
[Saturday, Jan. 6, 1883 – Liverpool and London] Rainy and foggy part of the day. I saw the sun for a longer time today than at any one time since I have been here. I spent the forenoon reading.
12 noon Bro. Whitney and myself left Liverpool for London where we arrived at 5:30 p.m. Distance 220 miles. We were met at the station by Bros. Jos. A. West and William Kind and taken to Sister Godfreys. Bros. G. C. Lambert, L. Clawson, Bench and Evans called upon us. We spent a very pleasant evening.
[Sunday, Jan. 7, 1883 – London] The Saints met at their Hall in New Road and all of the Elders met being 13 who are serving in this conference. They reported their labors. A few of the saints were present. At 2:30 p.m. their was a good attendance and Bro. Whitney spoke for one hour and ten minutes. A good spirit prevailed.
[Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1883 – London] Cold and Smoky.
We attended a meeting of the saints at 143 Albany Street and I spoke one hour and 15 minutes. Bro. Whitney bore testimony. About 12:30 p.m. went to bed.
[Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1883- London] Bro. J. A. West and myself visited the British Museum and the National Art Galery. We called at the American exchange and Registered and we visited Westminster Abbey. I enjoyed myself very much. I looked over J. A. Wests accounts. Bro. Whitney saw what is claimed to be the missing link, a mixture of human and animal.
Bros. Whitney, West, and myself attended a meeting at Deptford and all three of us spoke. A good spirit prevailed.
[p.98][Thursday, Jan. 11, 1883- London] Foggy and Smoky.
Today Bro. Whitney and myself visited the Tower and saw the Regalia of England, the value of which is about £3 1/2 million or over seventeen million dollars. It had much better be used to create industrial pursuits for the poor to obtain labor than lying idle in its present shape. The crown of the queen alone is worth one million £ or five million dollars. We visited various places of interest and as we gazed upon various historical relics we thought of the barbarities of the past. It made our blood curdle.
[Friday, Jan. 12, 1883 – London and Liverpool] At 10:10 a.m. Bros. O. F. Whitney, George C. Lambert and myself bid Bros. J. A. West and W. King good bye and left for Liverpool. We made the run in five hours, and found all well at 42. I wrote to Ben E. Rich and looked over the papers.
[Saturday, Jan. 13, 1883- Liverpool] Cold and raining.
I received from both of my wives letters and all were well at home Dec. 27th.
I received a letter from P. Louba at Paris praying for relief. I told R. R. Anderson to send him 10 shillings to pay his fare to Bern.
[Sunday, January 14, 1883 – Liverpool and Manchester] The weather is pleasant for foggy England.
Bro. O. F. Whitney and myself went to Manchester to attend the district meeting. We were met by Ben E. Rich and taken to the Cleaveland Assembly Rooms.
2 p.m. meeting again. Bro. Wilde spoke first, after which Bro. Whitney spoke one hour and 15 minutes on the first principals of the Gospel. Quite a number of strangers were present.
6 p.m. the room was full. Prayer by Bro. Whitney. Bro. B. E. Rich spoke 25 minutes on the first principals of the gospel. I spoke upon the history of Joseph Smith and also upon the baptism for the dead and also upon the doctrine of plural marriage, stating that we do not teach that principal in England as it is contrary to the law. I was asked to quote the scripture to sustain me and I answered Rohoboam had several wives and three score concubines. The Voice again called out for a passage from the New Testament. I answered that Christ the son of God was decended [from] that old polygamist David. Seeing that the party was simply trying to make a disturbance I requested the brethren to put him outdoors. As he went he said I was [p.99]preaching against the English and American government. I retorted I respect the English government and that I loved my own as the apple of my eye. The Congregation seemed to be in sympathy with me. I bore my testimony and then B. E. Rich got up and told the people that he was born of polygamist parents and had always been taught to behave himself when in meeting and bore his testimony to the truth of that principal. I closed with prayer.
[Monday, Jan. 15, 1883 – Manchester] I met with the Elders and gave them some instruction in regard to their duties, explained to them how to confirm and confer the priesthood and how to ordain and set apart. I warned them against women and to be always upon their guard.
[Saturday, Jan. 20, 1883 – Nottingham] Bro. O. F. Whitney and myself went to Nottingham. We were met at the station by Bro. Edwin Eyre and from there we went to Newsted with the intention of visiting the home of Lord Byron, but it was dosed and we returned to Hucknall and visited the old church where Lord Byron is burried. The church is an old structure, having one Tower, is about 30 by 45 feet and is a low squatty building. It stands at one end of a cemetery that is well filled with graves. Their is probibly four acres of ground inside the Inclosure. The Byrons once owned the Country about hear for miles, but it has passed into other hands. We returned to Nottingham.
[Sunday, Jan. 21, 1883 -Nottingham] 10:30 a.m. we went to meeting. There were present of the Elders from Utah Edwin Eyre, Edwin Spencer, Ephraim H. Williams, William Wagstaff, John A. Sutton, James D. Hurst, Ephraim Green, John C. Reader, John Williams. All of these brethren labor in the Nottingham Conference. Bro. Franklin B. Woolley and Benjamin Bennett of the Sheffield Conference, Bro. Whitney and myself were present.
All of the brethren of this conference spoke and I talked to the saints for a few minutes.
The spirits of some of the Elders is not good.
[Monday, Jan. 22, 1883 – Nottingham] We called the brethren from home all together and gave them such instructions in regard to their duties as the spirit suggested. I think they all feel encouraged to press forward.
[Friday, Jan. 26, 1883 – Liverpool] During the night the wind blew fearfully bad. The house shook like an aspen leaf in the wind.
This morning I received letter from P. F. Goss in which was letters from Alexander Newberger and Ward E. Pack Jr. It seems their is trouble between these two brethren, President Goss and Hafen.
[p.100][Sunday, Jan. 28, 1883 – Sunderland] Sunderland is located on the banks of the River Wear and has a population of over two hundred thousand people. The Principal business of the Town is the building of Iron ships.
At 10 a.m. our Conference commenced in the Nile street Assembly Hall. The Presidents of branches reported and I spoke to the saints 30 minutes.
6 p.m. The speakers were H. W. Manning, C. Weatherston and myself. There was a fair attendance of people. I felt well in speaking. After meeting Mr. Joseph Rutlege of Ryhope Colleries near Sunderland invited me home with him. He took me in his carriage about four miles out from Sunderland. Mr. Rutledge and wife gathered to the Valley and then returned to England. They claimed no membership in the Church, but they are nice people. I spent a pleasant evening and they treated me with the greatest kindness.
[Monday, Jan. 29, 1883 – Ryhope, near Sunderland] It blew very hard during the night and rained heavily. The country is flooded. Mr. Rutledge gave me a sovereign and sent me in his carriage to the Railroad station. My stay was pleasant and I enjoyed myself very much. I returned to Sunderland and visited the docks. I gave the brethren some instruction and at 1:30 p.m. left for Liverpool where I arrived at 8:45 p.m. Found all well. I received letters from both of my wives and all is well.
[Thursday, Feb. 1, 1883 – Liverpool] This evenng I received a letter from William Groesbeck. He says his wife is sick and he wants to go home.
[Friday, Feb. 2, 1883 – Liverpool] I received a letter from Bro. C. Sharp in regard [to] aiding Bro. Gittins to Emigrate to the Valley. I answered the same and told him I had no means. I answered Willliam Groesbeck’s letter, and advised him to stick to his labors like a man. I am reading Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical History Ancient and Modern.
[Saturday, Feb. 3, 1883 – Liverpool] I spent a good share of the day reading. I have been bothered for several days with an improper circulation of blood in my hips and back. Today I took a turkish bath. I am in hopes it will bring me out.
[Sunday, Feb. 4, 1883 – Liverpool] Cold.
I feel better this morning than I have done for several days.
11 a.m. the saints met and we had a testimony, enjoying ourselves very much.
[p.101]6:30 p.m. we met with the saints. I spoke 50 minutes. I did the talking and the Lord left me, I was dry and wearisome.
[Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1883 – Liverpool] I received a letter from H. J. Grant. He said my buggy was sold for $250.00 and 1 per cent per month was to be paid for the money.
I sent my wives a pair of gloves each done up in a newspaper.
[Friday, Feb. 9, 1883 – Liverpool] It is a beautiful day, all nature seems refreshed by the glorious sunshine, and the heart leaps for joy at the pleasing change. And the thought that the fogs and mists are dispeled for a day makes us live again in the hope of a happy enjoyment with those we love.
[Saturday, Feb. 10, 1883 – Liverpool] I have been reading Mosheims Eclesiastical History.
[Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1883 – Liverpool] This evening R. R. Anderson insulted Sister Lambert while we were at the table, and George C. Lambert called Anderson a papy and told him he would crack his crust if he did continue his nonsense.
[Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1883 – Liverpool] I wrote to P. F. Goss and did some reading but my eyes failed me.
Bro. G. C. Lambert made Bro. R. R. Anderson promise to ask Sister Lambert’s pardon.
[Thursday, Feb. 15, 1883 – Liverpool] This evening at supper Bro. R. R. Anderson made an apology to Sister Lambert for his insulting remarks. She forgave him.
[Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1883 – Liverpool] It is a very fine day, the sun shining brightly. It seems like spring.
I was reading some during the day. I am trying to learn some scripture by heart.
[Monday, Feb. 26 – Liverpool] I had the brethren together that are laboring in the Liverpool conference and gave them such instructions as the spirit brought forth.
[Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1883 – Liverpool] I spent most of the day reading the life of Joseph Smith.
We went to meeting this evening and testified to the truth of the Gospel.
[p.102][Saturday, March 3, 1883 – Liverpool and South Wales.] Myself, G. C. Parkinson and Ben E. Rich went to South Wales together, distance 165 miles. Bro. David Lewis met us at the station. It was a beautifull day.
[Sunday, March 4, 1883 – Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales] It is a most beautifull day. We stoped at Sister Harmons. Elder Daniel Davis cannot come owing to sickness. Elders David Lewis, Reese, .Jenkins, Perkins, Rich, Parkinson and myself attend[ed] meeting at the saints meeting room at the Railway Inn. Bros. Alford, Alder & Green from Bristol were also present.
[Monday, March 5, 1883 – Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales] The Elders met together and we spoke to each other. I gave some instructions on our duties in the Priesthood and warned the brethren against evils of various kinds. We had a good time together. Bros. Alder and Green returned to Bristol.
In the evening we walked to Cefn and held meeting in the Temperance Hall. It was well filled with people, and the audience were quiet. Bro. R.ich and myself spoke and we enjoyed good liberty. After meeting we returned to Merthyr.
[Wednesday, March 7, 1883 – Liverpool] [On return to Liverpool] I found letters from Presidents Taylor, Cannon and Woodruff, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, my sister Mary A. Wimmer, both of my wives and children and one from J. A. West containing a doctors certificate that his condition was bad. Their were several other business letters. I wrote to Jos. A. West and made an appointment to hold conference on April the 15th. I suffered with cold today. Bro. G. C. Lambert gave me a vapor bath. I feel well satisfied with my trip to Wales.
[Saturday, March 10, 1883 – Liverpool and Sheffield] I wrote letters to Bro. Woodruff and also my son George. Bro. G. C. Lambert is getting ready to go to Sheffield with me. At 2 p.m. we left Liverpool and arrived at Sheffield 4:10 p.m. and we were met by Bro. Franklyn B. Woolley and taken to Bro. Lovatts where we met Bros. Joseph Greaves, Hyrum Dewsnip and George Croft. We spent a pleasant afternoon and evening. A heavy snow has fallen in this section of the country and it is quite cold.
[Sunday, March 11, 1883 – Sheffield, Yorkshire] It is very cold and slippery, but it is inclined to thaw. We held three meetings in the Hall of Science. The morning meeting was addressed by the presidents of branches and Bro. Greaves, Dewsnip, Croft, and myself.
The afternoon Bros. F. B. Woolley and G. C. Lambert did the [p.103]speaking, and in the evening I spoke one hour and forty minutes. A few strangers attended our meeting during the day.
Bro. Lambert and myself fasted during the day.
[Monday, March 19, 1883 – Liverpool] Bro. Lambert and myself visited the Anatomical Museum of Liverpool. It shows the effects of vanerial diseases upon the parents also upon children born of diseased parents. It also shows the frightfull effects of masterbation on both men and women. We saw models life size of women in all stages of pregnancy. One case was that of a woman with twins, one white and the other black. Another frightfull thing was a man with child supposed to be a twin, and to have been born in him. The fearfull effects of vaccination where bad vaccine was used. The bad effects of tight lacing was also shown. We saw the Florantine model of Louisse Lateau, born in Belgium. She bleeds from the same parts of the body our saviour did.
[Friday, March 23, 1883 – Liverpool] The sun is shining brightly but it is cold. Being good Friday, it is a Holliday.
Bros. Anderson, Lambert, and I attended a service at the Cathedral. It is as good as a show. The sermon upon the death of the Saviour was good. In the evening Bros. Lambert, Bennett and Anderson and I went to the prince of Wales Theatre and heard the singing of sacred music.
[Monday, March 26, 1883 – [on train from Leeds to Liverpool]] In the compartment I rode in were eight other men, all English and respectable appearing. I found them well informed but from their talk rather immoral. One of them said that no longer than the night before he had had sexual intercourse with his neighbor’s wife and that he always took his satisfaction out of women when they would permit him to do so. I told him he ought to have his throat cut for his vileness.
[Wednesday, March 28, 1883 – Liverpool] It is a beautiful day. I answered a letter I had received from P. L. Goss and I told him to release J. J. Walser and J. Beus and also to send A. Newberger to England.
[Saturday, March 31, 1883 – Liverpool] The sun is shining glouriously.
I have traveled 510 miles during the month of March. I have attended 25 meetings. The weather has been stormy and pleasant about equally divided. I have written 46 letters during this month, and with various other duties have been kept very busy.
[Monday, April 2, 1883 – Liverpool] Another fine day. I wrote letters to H. J. Grant and to both of my [p.104]wives. In the evening we held a meeting in the Market Square Birkenhead. Bros. Lambert and Peter Elliot spoke. A crowd broke up our meeting. We all testified to them of the truth.
[Monday, April 9, 1883 – Liverpool] We are getting things ready to send of a company of saints.
[Tuesday, April 10, 1883 – Liverpool] At 1 a.m. the Scandinavian saints arrived in this city. At 5 a.m. the Scotch, and they are coming from all quarters.
I wrote letters to my wives. I lent Bro. Benjamin Bennett $4.00. 353 persons were booked today for Utah. I wrote to both of my wives.
[Wednesday, April 11, 1883 – Liverpool] The steamship Nevada of the Guion line left Liverpool today with 352 saints on board, David McKay in charge.
[Friday, April 13, 1883 – Liverpool] Foggy. I spent the day reading and writing. I received letters from my wives, W. Woodruff and Joseph F. Smith. Bro. G. C. Lambert and I read the proof of the [Millennial] Star. Bro. Woodruff say[s] President Taylor has requested the Twelve to inquire into J. W. Young’s course of life. Nothing has been said or done about A[lbert]. C[arrington]. Bro. Woodruff says my 2nd wife looks sorrowful1 when she comes for a letter and don’t find one addressed to her. I guess he is mistaken for I write to her every week.
[Saturday, April 14, 1883 – Liverpool] I went to London and was met at Euston Station by Bros. West and Whitney. We spent the evening in conversation.
[Sunday, April 15, 1883 – London] Pleasant. The conference commenced at 10:30 a.m. All of the Elders in the conference reported their labor. Their are now 16 Elders in the London conference.
Three meetings were held outdorrs and at 6:30 the hall was full. Bros. C. H. Rheed, Whitney and myself were the speakers.
Bro. Nye had baptised 8 persons and we confirmed them in the meeting. Orsons assembly rooms, New Road was full to over flowing of people.
[Monday, April 16, 1883 – London] I went and saw Crao the missing link. She looks like an Indian papose.
I had the elders together and talked to them for two hours.
In the evening we went to the Lyceum Theatre and saw the play [p.105] “Much Ado about Nothing.” Irving and Ellen Terry played the leading characters. It was put on the stage in an excelent manner. The scenery was grand.
[Tuesday, April 17, 1883 – London] We made some calls and in the p.m. visited the House of Commons and saw Mr. Gladstone and heard him speak. I don’t like the room as well as that of the house of Representatives. In the evening we went to Vaudeville and saw the two Rivals. It was played spendidly.
[Friday, April 20, 1883 – Liverpool] The day was spent in reading the proof of the new Key to Theology. I have ordered an edition of two thousand copies of that work. I took a Turkish Bath.
[Saturday, April 21, 1883 – [on train to Nottingham]] On the train we met a Mrs. Yates and her Mother who are going to Prescott, Arizona. Miss Yates has recently married a man by the name of Charles Yates from Prescott. She don’t love him but loves another man and is therefore in trouble. We gave her some friendly advice to be true to her husband and drop all thoughts of the other man.
[Saturday, April 28, 1883 – Liverpool] Rainy. The steamship Wisconsin of the Guion Line brought 60 elders and five women from Utah. 24 were for Scandinavia, 4 for the Swiss and German mission, 32 for Great Britain. We met them on the steamer and brought them to 4:9. The English brethren were assigned to their fields and some of them left at once.
[Sunday, May 6, 1883 – Liverpool] The day is fine. We held two meetings in the Hall and devided and held two in the street but few strangers listened to us.
[Monday, May 7, 1883 – Liverpool] Bro. G. C. Lambert and I visited the Police court and saw the judge pass sentence on a number of poor drunken vagabonds of both men and women in about equal numbers. One of the women had been before the court, this was the 44th time.
[Wednesday, May 16, 1883 – Liverpool] The Steamer Nevada left this city today with 217 British 184 Swiss & German & 12 Scandinavian and 14 returning Elders, 7 from England, 3 from Germany, and 4 from Scandinavia. Ben E. Rich was in charge of the party.
The Saints were singing Babylon Oh Babylon we bid thee farewell.
[p.106][Saturday, May 19, 1885 – Liverpool and Isle of Man] I took steammer for Douglas, Isle of Man. We made the trip in 5 hours and had a pleasant ride.
The brethren met me at the Pier and we went to the house of John Radcliffe where we made our home.
[Sunday, May 20, 1888 – Douglas, Isle of Man] 8 p.m. we commenced our services in the Masonic Hall. Bro. J. A. West spoke upon the first principals of the gospel but he was interrupted many times. I spoke an hour amid confusion and before I sat down closed the meeting. Their must have been seven hundred people in the hall, about one third of whom were inspired by the evil one. We left the Hall amid great confusion, the police guarding us.
[Monday, May 21, 1883 – Douglas, Isle of Man] Bro. J. A. West and I met Mr. Joseph Johnson who had challenged me [to a debate] the night at the Victoria Palace Hotel. Our meeting was stormy, Mr. Johnson stating his own terms and Mr. West accepting them. An effort was made to get a Hall but they were all closed against us. We again met Mr. Johnson and he felt much more kind and considerate than in the morning. It was mutually agreed to postpone until June 24 as no Hall could be obtained. These people were a little astonished that we did not run away in the night.
[Thursday, May 24, 1883 – Liverpool] Today I had a chat with a (Mr. A) who is investigating the gospel. His wife’s Sister has had two children by him, the first one is dead and his wife and her family knew about it, but the second one is now almost four years old and only him and myself and the woman know of it, so he says. He has provided for the child and says the woman is a good woman. I advised him to do his duty by her in every respect.
[Friday, June 8, 1883 – Liverpool] Scott Anderson confessed that he was guilty of self polution [masturbation] and asked to be re-baptised. I instructed Bro. Parkinson to attend to it for him.
[Thursday, June 14, 1883 – Liverpool] I received the following telegram:
Salt Lake June 14
John Smith 42 Islington, Liverpool
Will’s Nickey not expected to live, Eleanor poorly. Groesbeck
I telegraphed to James Meikle, Birmingham. Have Groesbeck come here today prepared to stop until your conference. All well here. J. H. Smith
[p.107]William came and I received another telegram 6:5 p.m. Wills Nickey is dead. Groesbeck.
William passed a fearfull night.
[Friday, June 15, 1883 – Liverpool] William Groesbeck is taking his troubles very hard. He decided to go home and I told him he could do so with my blessing. Five hundred and 6 saints and 18 elders left Copenhagen today.
[Saturday, June 16, 1883 – Liverpool] Pleasant. William Groesbeck and John McQuarrie left for home today on the Arizona.
[Monday, June 25, 1883 – Liverpool and Swansea] Bro. Lambert and I returned to Liverpool, having attended three meetings and traveled 150 miles. I found on my table a telegram from W. D. Willliams of Swansea saying that Elder Shadrach Jones died Sunday at 5 p.m. I at once left for Swansea, where I arrived at 10:30 p.m. and was met by the brethren.
[Tuesday, June 26, 1883 – Swansea, South Wales] The brethren and I walked out to Forest Fach some three miles to where Bro. Shadrach Jones body was, took his size and went back and had some temple clothes made for him [for his burial].
[Wednesday, June 27, 1883 – Swansea, South Wales] It rained all day as hard as it could pour. We walked out to Forest Fach and put the clothes on him and put him into his coffin and carried [it] to a Baptist Chapel in their grave yard and held service. I spoke first and then Bro. David Lewis spoke in Welch. Considering the weather we had a very good turn out. We carried him to the grave and put him in. I dedicated him to the Lord, as also the ground.
[Saturday, July 7, 1883 – Liverpool] I received letters from my wives and son George. Sarah F. my wife gave birth to a son on the 19th of June. My sisters Sarah M. and Clarissa both had sons a day or two before.
At 10:35 a.m. Bro. Wrathall and I left Liverpool and at 4 p.m. we arrived at Hull. We were met by Mr. Charles Mapples and shown around the Town.
On going on board the S.S. Cato we learned she would not sail untill morning. Hull has a population of 160 thousand. I bought a suit of clothes of Mr. Thos. Henings and paid £4.10.0.
[p.108][Tuesday, July 10, 1883 – S.S. Cato, North Sea off Coast of Jutland]
We ran along the coast of Jutland quite a distance. I was studying Danish most of the day. A heavy swell of the sea made Bro. Wrathall very sick. At 10:30 p.m. we were off Elsinore. We were lowered into a Pilot boat during a shower and from there after a short ride change[d] boats again.
2. The Kingdom of God, also known as the Council of Fifty, was founded in 1844 by Joseph Smith and comprised a select circle of trusted friends, including apostles and others, to deal with political matters. See Klaus J. Hansen, Quest for Empire: The Political Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty in Mormon History (Ann Arbor: Michigan State University Press, 1967).
4. George Reynolds, secretary to the LDS First Presidency, had been used by the church as a test case challenging federal anti-polygamy laws. In January 1879 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Reynolds’s conviction, paving the way for additional anti-polygamy legislation.
5. The endowment house served as an interim temple in which the ordinances and rituals of the Mormon temple endowment could be administered. In the particular ordinance referred to here, the washing of the feet, John Henry and associates washed one another’s feet, pronouncing themselves clean from the sins of their generation. This was followed by a meeting.
6. The United Order was a cooperative economic and social enterprise endorsed by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. In its most radical interpretation, participants did not hold private property but held all property in common. It proved to be more palatable in theory than in practice.
7. John W. Young, a prominent railroad promoter and son of Brigham Young, had convinced church leaders to allow him to subcontract work on the construction of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad across northern Arizona using Mormon workers. Despite instructions to the contrary, he had taken too large a contract and was now finding it difficult to meet payroll. Because of his perceived disobedience to authority, Young was privately disciplined by church officials. See M. Guy Bishop, “Building Railroads for the Kingdom: The Career of John W. Young, 1867-91,” Utah Historical Quarterly 48 (Winter 1980), 1:66-80.
8. Second anointings were special temple ordinances beyond the regular endowment ceremonies. See David John Buerger, “‘The Fulness of the Priesthood’: The Second Anointing in Latter-day Saint Theology and Practice,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 16 (Spring 1983): 10-44.
9. The People’s Party was established by the LDS church to protect and further its interests and was closely related to its ecclesiastical organization. The party was not disbanded until statehood became probable and its members joined national political parties.
12. The Poland Act, passed in 1874, removed powers assumed by territorial probate courts (administered mostly by Mormons), abolished certain territorial offices (held mostly by Mormons), and strengthened the federal control over the territory.
13. The Edmunds Act, which amended the Morrill Anti-bigamy Act of 1862, declared polygamy a felony, disfranchised polygamists, and held them ineligible for public office. A board of five commissioners (non-Mormons), known as the Utah Commission, was appointed by the president. They had power to supervise voter registration and elections and to certify election results. They introduced an oath requiring men to swear that they were not living with more than one woman in marriage, which eliminated thousands of Mormons from the rolls.
14. The Constitutional Convention held in 1882 was one of several that met between 1856 and 1887 and produced constitutions for the hoped-for state. None of these efforts met with approval by the Congress. See Jerome H. Bernstein, “A History of the Constitutional Conventions of the Territory of Utah from 1849 to 1895,” M.S. thesis, Utah State University, 1961.
15. A revelation to John Taylor dated June 25-26 stated that celestial (plural) marriage was available only to those who accepted the gospel. “You are not now sent to proclaim this principle to the United States, nor to the world, nor to urge it upon them,” it explained. However, members of the church had a constitutional right to obey the celestial marriage law and they should contend for their rights “by every legal and constitutional method and in accordance with the institutions, laws, and Constitution of the United States.” See Fred C. Collier, comp., Unpublished Revelations of the Prophets and Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Collier’s Publishing Co., 1979), 129-32.
16. A revelation on the Kingdom of God in the last days given to John Taylor on June 27 stated: “And because, according to my eternal decrees, the free agency of man should be guaranteed to all men, I moved upon him [Joseph Smith] to introduce into my Kingdom certain parties not in my Church, for the purpose of exhibiting unto my Kingdom that I would still maintain the free agency of man, and that I hold inviolate that principle and will still maintain it to the end.” None of these “parties,” however, would be allowed to ”break their covenants, violate their obligations, and reject me and my laws and authority, and seek to overthrow the Kingdom of God, and deprive my people who are contending for freedom, and who shall yet maintain it, of their agency and of my laws.” See Collier, 135.
18. Women had been granted the vote in Utah Territory in 1870. In 1882 this was challenged in the Third District Court. On September 16 the validity of the act was upheld and women continued to vote until passage of the Edmunds-Tucker Act in 1887.