110 years ago today - Oct 18, 1911

[John M. Whittaker]

I said, 'President Smith, this is Nichol Hood, the man who has made the charge against you that you gave your consent for his brother John Hood, to take a plural wife.' What a surprize to most of the brethren and what a spirit it at once aroused. President Smith was calm and very gracious to Nichol Hood and said, 'Brother Hood, bring your chair close to me and let me talk with you. Who and where is your brother John Hood, and tell me just what he said.' Nichol Hood said, 'My brother John Hood told me that you personally told him you had no objection for him to take a plural wife.' And then President Smith said, 'Nichol I don't know your brother, I never remember of ever having seen him and if he said such a thing to you, he is a liar and the truth is not in him. The man is not living, or the man is not dead that could say I ever gave my consent for any one to take a plural wife since the Manifesto.' ...

[John M. Whittaker, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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