[Apostle John Henry Smith]
[Some of the apostles and First Presidency] met and heard read an Article on the Godhead by the Presidency but it was refered to some of the brethren to examine as to the questions of Developement. [Note: Talmage said this was "to consider a proposed article by the First Presidency on 'The Origin of Man'"].
Bros. A[nthony] W. Ivins, Geo. F. Richards and I talked over the question with Dr. Jas. E. Talmage of the purchase of his Copyright of his new book, The [Great] Apostasy. Our Committee recommended to the Presidency that we pay him $3,000.00 for it.
[Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]