John Henry Smith said he felt grateful for privileges of meeting yesterday and now and hearing what had been said. He had felt that for some few years past we had hardly been worthy of the glorious principle [of plural marriage] and it was little wonder to him that its privilege had been suspended from us for a time. He had found Brother B. H. Roberts somewhat despondent and had cheered him up in the use of some information derived from the former session of this council. He feels that the manifesto came at a time when it seemed'-? It looked to him as if it was now the beginning of the end and he felt that the greatest severity was yet to come. He could not say it was not just right but had no positive testimony that it was. He felt like pursuing his duty in hopes to receive a full understanding of its truth and propriety'-if indeed it is so. He had not dreamed that one of the vital principles of the Gospel should ever be suspended in its operation and this principle he held was supreme.
[Minutes, 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]