115 years ago today - May 4, 1904

[Francis M. Lyman]
... I occupy a very delicate position in relation to Brother [Reed] Smoot's case in view of the stand I took in regard to this matter when it came before our Council, which stand I do not believe he has ever quite excused. On account of this fact I should very much dislike to be called as a witness and be forced to say anything detrimental to his cause. I gave my views honestly and because I feared his candidacy would bring trouble to the Cause and because I never have believed it a proper thing to sacrifice principle to the policies of ambitions of men, if Brother Smoot feels badly toward me for giving an honest expression of my views when I was invited to do so all I can say is that I am sorry that he feels so. Pres[iden]t Jos[eph] F Smith called in Bro[ther] [Charles] Wilcken & myself & stated he wished to call all our underground friends together at a Social to be held in the Bee Hive House next Thursday May 12th at 4 oclock p.m.

[Francis M. Lyman, Letter to 'Dear Brother', as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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