[John Henry Smith]
The subject of the City Elections came up, and some discussion was had upon that subject, and some candidates for mayor were talked over. I gave President Taylor to understand what the feeling and sentiments of the people were in regard to political matters, either that the presiding Priesthood should dictate in those matters or leave it to the people and in my judgement it should be left as far as possible to the judgement of the people as to who they want. And I believe the day is not far distant when the people will claim to run these matters.
[Source: Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith]