130 years ago today - Oct 24, 1888

Pres[ident] [Wilford] Woodruff signed a check on Zions Savings Bank & Trust Co for 20,000 payable to James Sharp which was handed to Bro[ther] Ja[me]s Sharp with instructions to get the money & have the amount telegraphed to Hon[orable] John T. Caine through Koontz Bros at New York as soon as possible'- [Telegram Caine to same effect:] 'You are requested to say to the proper parties that we are in on [no] way connected with nor in any manner responsible for the financial or political doings or obligations of John W. Young. They must understand he is action in his own behalf & his own responsibility, & not by our authority. ...'

This money was for bribing politicians to further Mormon interests, and to help elect Grover Cleveland.

[First Presidency Office Journal, 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]

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