[Brigham Young Jr.]
Meeting of Twelve at 10 a.m. at Temple. Pres[ident] [Lorenzo] Snow opened with stormy refference to our financial Condition. Others followed in same line. Pres[ident]. [George Q.] Cannon is feeble but he will not trust the Twelve in financial matters. Bro[ther]. [Abraham] Owen Woodruff asked the Quorum to take action in behalf of his father that his name might not rest under this load of in-debtedness of which he was innocent.
While we all bel[ie]ve in the integrity of Pres[ident]. Geo[rge] Q. Cannon still we bel[ie]ve that he has nearly ruined the credit of the church with schemes which have failed, and the responsibility rest upon Pres[ident]. [Wilford] W[oodruff]. Poor man, his faith is unbounded in Bro[ther]. Cannon, but we now find ourselves with a very aged man at the head and a badly paralyzed man to arrange all his public affairs. ... Now it seems to me that the saf[e]ty of his own health and the welfare of the church demanded his complete isolation from all business cares and a strong hand to guide church business considering Pres[ident]. Woodruff's enfeebled condition. The Twelve should now enter fully into the councils of the First Presidency It has been delayed too long and now necessity demands that, this reform be inaugerated.
[Source: Brigham Young Jr. Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]