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Heroic Love of the Principles of True Liberty

The leading men, as they are called, of this nation cannot be compared (at least many of them) with the Latter-day Saints. The love of truth and right is so strong in them as a people that they think no sacrifice too great for its sake. They possess more of the heroic love of the principles of true liberty than any people of whom I know any thing upon the earth. It is plain to be seen that through such a people the Lord will preserve the Constitution and Republican form of government upon this land, as has been predicted. (27 May 1882)

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Next to Brigham Young, George Q. Cannon was arguably the best-known Latter-day Saint in the last half of the nineteenth century. His record covers half a century, a period in which he served as an editor and publisher, a businessman, an educator, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a territorial delegate in Congress, and a counselor to church presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow.

This website publishes for the first time George Q. Cannon’s journal from 1855 through 1883. It also reproduces Cannon’s journal from 1849 through 1854, which was previously published in two print volumes. Other installments will follow on this site. Eventually this site will publish online, and at no charge, the entirety of Cannon's journal.

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