[Abraham H. Cannon]
I went to see Father [George Q. Cannon, counselor in First Presidency], who told me that the matter of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventies were mentioned in the Council of the Twelve and the remark had been made that we did not fully tend to our duties. The proposition was also made to pay us a salary, which matter was referred to a committee, so that we might devote less time to business and more to our ministry. I told Father I would prefer to receive no salary, and as for neglect of duty I had tried to do my best. It would, however, please me very much if I could be honorably released from my position as it was very trying to me to go out and preach to the people. He then exhorted me strongly to battle against this man fearing spirit and try to do my duty at all times.
[Source: Abraham H. Cannon Journal Excerpts, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4]