[Francis M. Lyman]
Had some talk with the Bishop upon politics. Find our people nearly all democrats and its dangerous to try to shape their votes to assist the Republicans even in state and national affaires. ... After meeting three of the brethren came down to the Bishops with us and we drew their attention to the vote of our people two years ago and asked that they be consistent and not to go back on their former friends the Republicans in the state and national election. They seem generally to be so thoroughly democratic that we can hardly hope to turn them. Those three and the Bishop seemed willing to do their best in a quiet way. There is such jealousy about the movements of Apostles that we thought it unwise to speak politically before all the brethren. It may be a sorry day when our people get in their democratic work and turn Wyoming over to the Democratic column.
[Source: Excerpts of Apostle Francis M. Lyman Diaries, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]