140 years ago today - Jul 19, 1883 - Thursday

[George Q. Cannon]
Had an interview today with General Mills of the C.P.R.R. who informed me that Warner Miller, Senator from New York, had conversed with him upon the subject of introducing a bill to prohibit Mormons from prempting land in the United States. He had no doubt he said that such a measure would be introduced, "and if so," said he, "you know politicians well enough to know that they will vote for it". He told me that Judge Goodwin of the Tribune had said to him that President Taylor, myself, and President Joseph F. Smith wield the most terrible despotism over the people in this Territory that is known in history. How any man could make such a statement with the expectation of any one believing it who had the use of his eyes and ears is something almost past comprehension.

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

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