170 years ago today - 1851. September 1

Sam Brannan: Newly arrived Pacific Mission President Parley P. Pratt excommunicated Brannan [leader of California saints] for "a general course of unchristianlike conduct, neglect of duty, and for combining with lawless assemblies to commit murder and other crimes—the "Committee of Vigilance" lynching.

[Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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