[George Q. Cannon]
Brothers F[ranklin]. S. Richards and C[harles]. W. Penrose came in this morning and had a lengthy conversation with the First Presidency concerning the political situation and the report of the Utah Commission. The report was evidently handed by the Commission to the 'Tribune' people in this city for the latter to publish what they call a synopsis of the Report. It is said to be the most damaging Report ever made. They have accused us of teaching polygamyand encouraging people in its practice, and since June 1889, there have been at least 45 plural marriages contracted in this Territory. I felt considerably stirred up over this, and thought that there should be a square denial, and I remarked that perhaps no better chance had been offered to us to officially, as leaders of the Church, make public our views concerning the doctrine and the law that had been enacted. It is evident from that which is being done by our enemies that they are determined, now that Congress is 551 so near its adjournment, to bring pressure to bear from the enactment of some bills pending before it.
[George Q. Cannon Diary, 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]