100 years ago today - Nov 15, 1912

Frank J. Cannon was excommunicated for apostasy, and not for apostasy and immoral conduct, and therefore the published leaflet entitled, “Ex-Senator Frank J. Cannon’s opinion of the Mormon Prophet Joseph F. Smith months after the prophet's selection and months prior to Cannon’s excommunication from the Mormon Church for apostasy and immoral conduct,” may be construed as libelous, and doubtless would be; and therefore ... unless the words, “for apostasy and immoral conduct” in the title page immediately after “Mormon Church” can be FULLY obliterated by printing heavy black marks over these words. If this can be satisfactorily done, it would be all right to distribute the leaflet, otherwise it should be suppressed.

[Source: First Presidency, Letter to Samuel O. Bennion]

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