170 years ago today - Jun 16, 1847

A Mormon writes Apostle Orson Hyde in Iowa about a previous letter that "I am threatened with Danites," and protests that his guilt should "be established by a fair hearing." Hyde is closely associated in Iowa at this time with William A. Hickman who would later claim that Hyde gave him orders to murder various dissenters this year. Hyde would later admit at a Council of Fifty meeting that he instructed an unnamed person in Iowa to kill a fellow member of the Fifty.

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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