At 10-a.m. Met in council John Smith & M[oses]. Thatcher prayed Letters from Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon & Pres[iden]t. [John] Taylor were read. Judge Jeremiah Black of Philadelphia [Pennsylvania] can be retained for $5,000'He thinks we ought to resist the Commissioners & their operations under the Edmunds Bill. It was voted to retain him on behalf of the Church to plan our operations and direct the methods of our warfare on defensive and voted to address 2 or three questions to him through Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon. Deliberated on establishing a central arrangement for selling wagons & machinery to people.
[Source: Franklin D. Richards, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]