[George Q. Cannon]
Between here and Cedar we were met by a young man who brought a dispatch in cipher, which we translated and sent a reply to Brother Jos. F. Smith. It was to the effect that Mr. Clarkson thought that we should do our share in striving to get Blaine nominated, with Estee as Vice President, and that if that were the case one of the first things to be urged would be statehood for Utah. If Blaine did not receive the nomination, the money asked for would not be used, Our proportion would be about $2500. We instructed Brother Smith in cipher to send that amount.
[The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]