[George F. Richards]
Bro[ther] Israel Barlow Jr. was before us on trial or rather we were investigating his case wherein he is supposed to have formed improper marital relations with Sister Belva Welling. He persistently refused to answer our questions which we considered pertinent and possible to answer. It was decided by unanimous vote that he be disfellowship[p]ed which is construed to mean a deprivation of all the positions until Feb[ruary]. when he is cited to appear and show cause if any why he should not be cut off the church (excommunicated) for contempt. Pres[ident]. [Francis M.] Lyman wrote out the decision and submitted it to me which I indorsed the same evening. This is an action we felt reluctant to take but it seemed necessary and right.
[George F. Richards, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]