[J. Reuben Clark]
Bro. Virgil Smith called. He said he had talked with Bp. Elggren and Bp. Brewster at a High Council meeting last night, and they said that the word they got on the negro question was direct from President [George Albert] Smith, who called them personally on the telephone (after he was President), and it is just possible that his second experience was a personal call, but he knows he received a letter from Pres. Smith. ... He had met Bro. Smith on the street and he had "kidded" him about being so hard on the negroes; it was after this he got the letter from Pres. Smith, which was in a sort of general way, saying the Church could not discriminate. ...
Bro. Smith said he searched two hours last night through his papers and was unable to find the letter. He rather laughed and said that he kept the letters that gave him commendation and authority to do something, but was not too anxious to keep ones that "spanked" him.
[The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]