[James E. Talmage]
Elder Rudger Clawson and I constitute a committee appointed by the First Presidency to investigate certain rumors to the effect that John W. Taylor, at one time a member of the Council of the Twelve, but who was excommunicated from the Church by action of that Council, was restored to membership, and had his former authority in the Priesthood reconfirmed upon him shortly before his death. The committee has interviewed Matthias W. Cowley, who admitted that he had stated as a fact, in the belief that it was a fact, that John W. Taylor was so restored, and that under the administration of President Joseph F. Smith. Brother Cowley was told of his error and was required to notify all parties to whom he had given the false information that he had stated what was not a fact.
This morning Moses W. Taylor, President of the Summit [Utah] Stake, called at my office by appointment. Brother Rudger Clawson, chairman of our committee, was communicated with by phone, and stated that he would arrive if possible, but he requested me to proceed in behalf of the committee to ascertain from Moses W. Taylor such information as he possessed relating to the alleged restoration of his brother, John W. Taylor, to membership in the Church. ...
[Source: James E. Talmage, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015, Appendix 8: The Reinstatements of Matthias F. Cowley and John W. Taylor]