[Abraham O. Woodruff to Heber J. Grant]
The question as to who shall be our next senator has been up in our meeting. It was discussed by our joint council & then left to the first Presidency. Our associate Apostle Reed Smoot wants it very much & I expect will get the support of his associates. I was not present at the meeting when the Bretheren decided to support Reed. I was present when the subject was discussed by all & spoke as strongly as I knew how against it. Before the meeting I refer to, Pres[iden]t. [Joseph F.] Smith told me that he was not in favor of Reed trying to get it but he has evidently changed his mind. Of course I will unite with my bretheren & do all I can to accomplish that which they desire to bring about, but if this question were left to my judgment I would say as I did in the meeting that it would be the most unfortunate thing that could happen to Reed to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
[Abraham Owen Woodruff, Letter to Heber J. Grant, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]