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The Method of Keeping Historical Items

The method of keeping historical items I do not think is as good as might be…. The rule is to select such items as may be deemed of value hereafter for historical purposes from the various periodicals, copying them into books.… I would prefer the clippings themselves to the manuscript copy. Besides the copy is never compared with the original; there may be numberless errors in the copy of which none know. (16 September 1881)

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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 1901. It also reproduces Cannon’s journal from 1849 through 1854, which was previously published in two print volumes.

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