120 years ago today - Feb 18, 1904

[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill defends himself to President Joseph F. Smith from accusations that he approved a post-manifesto plural marriage]
.... Will say there is not a word of truth in Bro[ther] Chamberlain statement About My councelling Him to get Married &c. I have never met the young man to my knowledge, and had I met him I should never have consented for his Marriage while he had a living and undivorced Wife. So His story is all a point-blank lie to screen Himself from His being dealt with by the Officers of the Church. ...

[Marriner Wood Merrill, Letter to Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H Lund, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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