130 years ago today - Sep 12, 1890

[George Q. Cannon]
[San Francisco] We had an interview with [pro-Mormon national republican comittee chair] Judge Estee. We told him we came to him as a friend, not as a paid attorney. We felt more free in coming to him in this way, because we knew that he was disinterested, an that we could expect to get his views uninfluenced by any other motives than to do us good. We went over the ground of our case very thoroughly. He referred to the necessity of our making some announcement concerning polygamy and the laying of it aside. I described to him the difficultythere was in writing such a document'-the danger there would be that we would either say too much or too little. He appreciated this difficulty, but nevertheless pressed the point as one that must be done sooner or later. [Republican leaders then promise to promote Utah's statehood in expectation that the church will work to have a majority of Mormons vote Republican.]

[George Q. Cannon Diary, 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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