He was active in the discussion of the Mormon question in Utah, where his influence had been very great. He took up his residence at Salt Lake City in 1869. On the death of Bishop Robertson, of Missouri, on 1 May 1886, he consented to be translated to the See of Missouri.
B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 - 1930, Comprehensive History of the Church, vol. 5.