JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, created 24 Feb. 1845–3 July 1845; handwriting of , , Jonathan Grimshaw, and ; 512 pages, plus 24 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the third volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This third volume covers the period from 2 Nov. 1838 to 31 July 1842; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, D-1, E-1 and F-1, continue through 8 Aug. 1844.
This document, “History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842],” is the third of six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church” (in The Joseph Smith Papers the “Manuscript History” bears the editorial title “History, 1838–1856”). The completed six-volume collection covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 8 August 1844. The narrative in this volume commences on 2 November 1838 with JS and other church leaders being held prisoner by the “’s forces” at , Missouri, and concludes with the death of Bishop at , Illinois, on 31 July 1842. For a more complete discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to this history.
Volume C-1 was created beginning on or just after 24 February 1845 and its narrative was completed by 3 May 1845, although some additional work continued on the volume through 3 July of that year (Richards, Journal, 24 and 28 Feb. 1845; Historian’s Office, Journal, 3 May 1845; 3 and 4 July 1845). It is in the handwriting of and contains 512 pages of primary text, plus 24 pages of addenda. Additional addenda for this volume were created at a later date as a supplementary document and appear in this collection as “History, 1838-1856, volume C-1 Addenda.” Compilers and Thomas Bullock drew heavily from JS’s letters, discourses, and diary entries; meeting minutes; church and other periodicals and journals; and reminiscences, recollections, and letters of church members and other contacts. At JS’s behest, Richards maintained the first-person, chronological-narrative format established in previous volumes, as if JS were the author. , , , and others reviewed and modified the manuscript prior to its eventual publication in the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News.
The historical narrative recorded in volume C-1 continued the account of JS’s life as prophet and president of the church. Critical events occurring within the forty-five-month period covered by this text include the Mormon War; subsequent legal trials of church leaders; expulsion of the Saints from Missouri; missionary efforts in by the and others; attempts by JS to obtain federal redress for the Missouri depredations; publication of the LDS Millennial Star in England; the migration of English converts to ; missionary efforts in other nations; the death of church patriarch ; the establishment of the city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo ; the expedition that facilitated temple construction; the introduction of the doctrine of proxy baptism for deceased persons; the dedicatory prayer by on the Mount of Olives in Palestine; publication of the “Book of Abraham” in the Nauvoo Times and Seasons; publication of the JS history often referred to as the “Wentworth letter;” the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo; and the inception of Nauvoo-era temple endowment ceremonies.
<April 11> and the danger that my beloved was in, I awoke and told him if he would rise very early and not wait for the Judge and Lawyers as he had contemplated, but ride briskly, he would get safe home, almost before he was aware of it, and if he did not the Mob would shoot him on the way. And tell the brethren to be of good cheer, and lose no time in removing from the Country
<12 ’s return> Friday 12 This morning arose at dawn of day, and rode rapidly towards , where he arrived before 9 a.m. The Mobbers pursued to shoot him but did not overtake him.
< letter> This day I received the following communication
“Dear Sir— Enclosed I send you the receipt which I promised, and if you will pay the necessary attention to it, and it will be a benefit to the Church and to me, and I think with a little attention on your part, they can be produced, and any person who will deliver them at any point in the , so I can get them, I will compensate them well, as I know you feel deeply interested in the welfare of the Church, and when you consider it will add to their character and look upon it in a proper light, you will spare no pains in assisting me in the recovery of those books. Yours &c in haste — To “Joseph Smith Jr. .”
, Davis County Mo. April 12. 1839. Know all Men by these presents. That I. have this day agreed with Joseph Smith Jr. to release all members of the Mormon Church from any and all debts due to me from them, for goods sold to them by me at during the year 1838 on the following condition viz that said Joseph Smith Jr. return, or cause to be [HC 3:316] returned to me the following books— One Ledger, three Day Books, and one day book of Groceries which was taken from my Store in , when said Store was burned. And if said books are returned to me within four months this shall be a receipt in full, to all intents and purposes against any debt or debts due from said Mormons to me on said books, but if not returned, this is to be null and void, Given under my hand this day and date before written— . Attest J. Lynch”—
A curious idea, that I, who had been a prisoner a many months should be called upon to hunt up lost property, or property most likely destroyed by the mob, but it is no more curious than a thousand other things that have happened, and I feel to do all I can to oblige any of my fellow creatures
“. Ill. April 12, 1839. Messrs. Editors. Inclosed I send you a communication from of .— If you think the publication thereof will in any way promote the cause of justice, by the vindicating the slandered reputation of the people called “Mormons” from the ridiculous falsehoods which the malice, cupidity, and envy of their Murderers in have endeavored to heap upon them, you are respectfully solicited to publish it in the “Argus.” The testimony of , as to the good moral character of these people, I think will have its deserved influence upon the people of , in encouraging our Citizens in their humane and benevolent exertions to relieve this distressed people, who are now wandering in our neighborhoods without comfortable food, raiment or a shelter from [p. 919]
Greene, John P. Facts Relative to the Expulsion of the Mormons or Latter Day Saints, from the State of Missouri, under the “Exterminating Order.” By John P. Greene, an Authorized Representative of the Mormons. Cincinnati: R. P. Brooks, 1839.