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.
<26 > Friday 26th. Early this morning, soon after midnight, the brethren arrived at and proceeded to transact the business of their mission <Conference at > according to the following Minutes
“At a Conference held at by the Twelve— High Priests, Elders, and Priests on the twenty sixth of April 1839 the following resolution was adopted Resolved that the following persons be no more fellowshipped in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but excommunicated from the same— viz— Isaac Russell, Mary Russell, John Goodson <and> Wife, Jacob Scott Senr., and Wife, Isaac Scott, Jacob Scott Junr., Ann Scott, Sister Walton, Robert Walton, Sister Cavanaugh, Ann Wanlass, Wm. Dawson Jr., and Wife, Wm. Dawson …..... Senr. and Wife, George Nelson, Joseph Nelson, and Wife, and Mother, William Warnoch and Wife, <Jothan> Maynard, Nelson Maynard, George Miller, John Grigg and Wife, , Simeon Gardner & Freeborn Gardner
“The Council then proceeded to the building spot of the when the following business was transacted. Part of a hymn was sung on the Mission of the Twelve. [HC 3:336] the Master Workman of the house then recommenced laying the foundation of the agreeably to revelation by rolling up a large stone near the south east corner. The following of the Twelve were present , , , and , who proceeded to ordain and (who had [HC 3:337] been previously nominated by the First Presidency accepted by the Twelve and acknowledged by the Church) to the Office of the Twelve to fill the places of those who are fallen. , and Norman Shearer (who had just been liberated from Prison where they had been confined for the cause of Jesus Christ) were then ordained to the Office of the Seventies. The twelve then offered up vocal prayer in the following order , , , , and . after which we [HC 3:338] sung Adam-ondi-ahmon, and then the twelve took their leave of the following Saints agreeably to revelation viz. , , Norman Shearer, , , , William O Clark, John W. Clark, , , Richard Howard, Mary Ann Peck, Artimesia Grainger, Martha Peck, Sarah Granger, , and — Elder then placed the Stone before alluded to in its regular position, after which in consequence of the peculiar situation of the Saints he thought it wisdom to adjourn until some future time, when the Lord shall open the way, expressing his determination then to proceed with the [p. 930]