[Abraham O. Woodruff]
Pres[iden]t. [Joseph F.] Smith said at the last meeting [of the First Presidency and apostles] they had voted to sustain Reed Smoot as our choice for U.S. Senator & as I was not present [he] invited me to express myself. I said: 'I am willing to sustain this as everything else that comes from the head of the Church but as you have invited me to give expression to my views I will state them as I allways hope to do honestly. I am unchanged in my judgment as expressed by me in the special meeting called by you to consider this matter. I think it will be[,] if carried out[,] the most unfortunate thing that ever happened to my associate Reed Smoot. I will vote for this because it is the Presidentcy's wish, not because it is my judgment.'
[Source: Abraham Owen Woodruff, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]