[David O. McKay]
Polygamous marriages, cohabitation, and 'Church in politics' have been important subjects. ... B. H. Roberts is the most able man on the committee when it comes to able analysis of conditions, and the power to express himself extemporaneously. He hasn't so much faith in the Gospel and especially in the present leaders as has Elder Whitney. Bro[ther] Roberts is a stronger man every way than Dr. Talmage. Orson F. Whitney comes second. He is not so practical as Bro[ther]. Roberts; but he has more spirituality. He has been conservative on nearly all questions, and has invariably been true to the leaders past and present. (I am judging feeling now. Nothing has been said in the committee that would indicate that the others are not also true.[)] Dr. Talmage is a good deal of a pretender, though he has a good vocabulary and is a keen critic. LeGrande Young thinks LeGrande is alright. His heart is in the Church though. Jos[eph]. F[ielding]. Smith Jr. is an excellent young man. He is unassuming and true. Richard W. Young is a fine man, good spirited, and fairly good at analysis, but he is not specific enough, not definite enough until after a good deal of thought. He is true to the church. Bro[ther]. Morris is a pretty solid man, a man of good judgment.
[David O. McKay, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]