Joseph F. Smith and Archibald Forbes: Critique and Praise.
July 22, 2013 4 Comments
Joseph F. Smith was a unique personality for a number of reasons. The object of Smith family envy/hope he rose to church leadership early in life. Largely self-educated, he took much of his religious learning from textual sources. Perhaps this hints at the reasons for his response to a visiting lecturer. And the contrasting response from fellow counselor, George Q. Cannon:
Evening attended the lecture of Mr. Archibald Forbes* the English or European newspaper war correspondent. He is a perfect master of word painting, and very exact in his figures and facts, discriptions and portratures. but his delivery was labored and his voice compressed & unattractive, indeed wearisome to listen to. Bro. Cannon took a nap towards the latter part of his lecture, which lasted about an hour and a half. he being seated during the whole time. Notwithstanding the unattractiveness of the Speakers style & voice, his discriptive power and command of language, or rather words, together with the facts narated kept up a lively interest in the lecture.
*Forbes (1838-1900), the son of a Dissenting minister in Scotland, a famed newspaper reporter and prolific author following his retirement, apparently his speaking style did not capture his audience.