135 years ago today - Mar 11, 1885

... Some busybodies having made it their business to find out how long it took for a recommend left at this office to go to the president, receive his signature, and be returned, thereby calculating the whereabouts of the president, he has directed me to forward all recommends left personally at this office for his signature to you at the temple after they have been signed by him, and not to return them to those in whose favor they are made out; in this way avoiding such calculations as those intimated above.

[George Reynolds to Marriner Wood Merrill, Mar. 11, 1885 as quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

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