[Joseph F. Smith]
The question of authority in relation to the office of Bishop. Brother M[oses]. Thatcher and myself taking the stand that a bishop had no authority in a regularly organized stake to excommunicate any person holding the Melchizedek Priesthood but could suspend them for cause, holding them disfellowshipped &c. Brethren. George Q. Cannon, Orson Pratt, Franklin D. Richards and Erastus Snow took the opposite view, that a bishop had power to cut off any person in his ward &c. The matter was referred to minutes of meeting of April 9, 1879, President [John] Taylor reserving his opinion.
[Joseph F. Smith, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]