Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: Signature Books
Date Published: 2010
Edition: First edition
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 47479
800pp. Octavo [24cm] Beige and buff cloth covers with gilt strips.
Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 12. Limited publication of 500. This is copy number 101.Best Documentary Book Award, Mormon History Association. Best Documentary Book Award, Utah State Historical Society.From the publisher: The Abraham H. Cannon diaries read like few others from the late nineteenth century. While many of Cannon's colleagues were functionally literate, he had elegant handwriting, a beautiful way of expressing himself, and an eye for historically important details. Because of his position as an apostle in the LDS Church, his diaries are not only mannered but substantively important. Even mundane entries such as donating $20 for "a plan of erecting a monument in this city to Brigham Young" and his attendance at meetings of the Bullion-Beck Mine are interesting. But his overview of the great issues such as the 1890 Manifesto ending polygamy and discussions (including prayer-circle narratives) at the lavish Gardo House, the temporary headquarters of the LDS Church in the 1880s-90s, are unrivaled.Cannon died tragically when he was on his way to becoming one of the wealthiest men in Utah and—because he was ordained an apostle at age thirty—perhaps LDS president. He was noted for his unequivocal commitment to Mormonism. When arraigned before a judge who asked if three women were his wives, Cannon answered defiantly, "Yes they are, thank God!" for which he was sentenced to six months in prison. He later married a woman who had been his brother's fiancée. After his brother died, his family and Church convinced him to take the girl as a wife, apparently in California. Unfortunately he swam in the ocean during their trip and contracted an ear infection, from which he never recovered.