135 years ago today - Feb 13, 1888 • Monday

[George Q. Cannon]
We received the following telegrams from Bro. John W. Young [church representative in Washington, D.C.]:

"Telegram 13th received. Matters chrystalized to-day so that we must place, by Wednesday afternoon without fail, 15,000 to keep [bribe, Senator] Cullom silent and [Senator] Davis to vote with us in Committee and another Republican Senator advocate and vote openly. Amount contingent on faithful performance. Other ten needed to make sure of the majority of the committee to be successful. Telegraph money for Wednesday morning. Answer." ...

We made the follow reply:

"We think better await arrival friends [including Joseph F. Smith] who left here eleventh before you present any document to Senate or its Committee or doing anything about twenty-five thousand." [This is not the first time money was sent to influence legislators.]

[The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

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