[John Nuttall to George Q. Cannon]
Dear Brother: At the last meeting of the Council of Apostles, the propriety of calling together the Council of Fifty was considered. On enquiry as to the whereabouts of the records and names of the members, it was understood that you have the custody thereof upon which, I was directed to write to you, for such information as will put the Council in possession of said records, preparatory to calling the members together. Please answer at your earliest convenience. Everything is moving quietly, winter weather still continues, the general health of the Apostles, good. Bro Angus M. Cannon just came into the office, says your family are all well in health. Kindest regards.
[—L. John Nuttall to George Q. Cannon, Mar. 3, 1880, copy in H. Michael Marquardt Papers, Manuscripts Division, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, as quoted in Jedediah S. Rogers (editor), The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, Signature Books (2014), Appendix A]