175 years ago today - Jul 9, 1845

Brigham Young and the rest of the Twelve give a banquet for William Smith, his daughters and new bride, and every other living member and spouse of the extended Smith family. William gives this after-dinner toast: "In the name and in behalf of all my relatives here assembled, the whole Smith family, I present my thanks to the President [Brigham Young] and Bishops for the kind manifestation of their good feelings toward the remnants of that family." The church's New York Messenger prints a full description of this dinner as a refutation that there is "a division of the House of the Lord," referring to stories in New York newspapers about the disaffection of Emma Smith and William. William is dropped from the Quorum of Apostles and excommunicated three months later.

[On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

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