[John Henry Smith]
We were engaged in studying the legal bearings in the effort of the Government to escheat property and also in regard to the test oath [to vote or hold office, one could not encourage polygamy, nor be a member of an organization that encouraged it]. It was decided that the brethren should take it. The Central Committee [of the People's Party] telegraphed to all parts of the Territory for their officers to take the oath.
[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]