Elder Seymour B. Young reported that on Wednesday [i.e., March 29, 1899] last he visited the First Presidency of the Church and laid before them the matter of the ordination of Elder Joseph W. McMurrin as one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies; Elder Young read to the brethren of the First Presidency the resolution heretofore passed by this Council and approved by the president, providing that the following form should be used: "We ordain you a president of Seventy and set you apart to preside in the _______ Quorum of Seventy," etc., and called their attention to the fact that at the time Elder Anthon H. Lund officiated in the case of Elder McMurrin he set him apart as a president in the First Council of Seventy but did not ordain him. President [Lorenzo] Snow's answer to this statement was in effect that Elder McMurrin should be ordained. Elder Young was authorized to accompany Elder McMurrin to the office of the First Presidency and have the ordination attended to.
[Excerpt from the Minutes of the First Council of the Seventy, April 4, 1899]