[J. Golden Kimball]
The question to be considered was as to the advisability of opposing Moses Thatchers election as a Senator to Congress. He was being sustained by many enemies to the Church, and sustained because he was not in harmony with the Pres[idency] of the Church and the Twelve Apostles. B. H. Roberts was just as much of an idol of the Democratic party as Moses Thatcher, and more so. but as soon as he harmonized with his brethren and accepted the rule of discipline, the Democratic party had no further use for him. When I speak of the Democratic party in these cases I speak of men that are enemies to the Church of Jesus Christ. ... It was explained the intense feeling that has been worked up against Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon. He was dumbfounded and wept. ... I learned many things that it is not wise for me to write... Apostles John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, and C[harles]. W. Penrose, F[ranklin]. S. Richards and myself were appointed to act as a committee in adopting some plan to defeat Moses Thatchers election, and do so without the Church dominating the State.
[J. Golden Kimball, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]