120 years ago today - May 5, 1904; Thursday

[Abraham O. Woodruff]

I occupy a very delicate position in relation to Brother [Senator Elect, Apostle Reed] Smoot's case in view of the stand I took in regard to this matter when it came before our Council, which stand I do not believe he has ever quite excused. On account of this fact I should very much dislike to be called as a witness and be forced to say anthing detrimental to his cause. I gave my views honestly and because I feared his candidacy would bring trouble to the Cause and because I never have believed it a proper thing to sacrifice principle to the policies of ambitions of men, if Brother Smoot feels badly toward me for giving an honest expression of my views when I was invited to do so all I can say is that I am sorry that he feels so.

[Abraham Owen Woodruff, letter to Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, LDS Archives]

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