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 26> building— whereupon the Conference adjourned— President Clerk—
Thus was fulfilled a Revelation of July 8th. 1838 which our enemies had said, could not be fulfilled as no Mormon was permitted to be in the . The brethren immediately returned to taking with them the families from Tenneys Grove &c [HC 3:340] <Addenda page 7.> <Addenda page 14> [HC 3:339]
The committee continued to look at the different locations which were presented in Iowa, and about in Hancock Co. Illinois.
<May 1 Letter to the Argus> Wednesday May 1. 1839 The following letter was communicated to the “Quincy Argus” (a weekly Newspaper) published at
“To the Editor of the Argus— Sir/ In consequence of so great an influx of strangers, arriving in this place daily, owing to their late expulsion from the State of , there must of necessity be— and we wish to state to the Citizens of and the vicinity, through the medium of your columns, that there are many individuals amongst the numbers who have already arrived, as well as among those who are now on their way here, who never did belong to our Church, and others who once did, but who for various reasons, have been expelled from our fellowship. Amongst these there are some who have contracted habits which are at variance with the principles of moral rectitude (such as swearing, dram drinking &c) which immoralities the Church of Latter Day Saints is liable to be charged with, owing to our amalgamation under our late existing circumstances, And as we as a people do not wish to lay under any such imputation, we would also state, that such individuals do not hold a name, nor a place amongst us, that we altogether discountenance every thing of the kind, that every person once belonging to our community contracting and persisting in such immoral habits, have hitherto been expelled from our Society, And that all such as we may hereafter be informed of, we will hold no communion with, but will withdraw our fellowship from them. We wish further to state, that we feel ourselves laid under peculiar obligations to the Citizens of this place, for the patriotic feeling which [HC 3:341] has been manifested, and for the hand of liberality and friendship which has been extended to us in our late difficulties, and should feel sorry to see that philanthropy and benevolence abused by wicked and designing people— who under pretence of poverty and distress should try to work upon the feelings of the charitable and humane, get into their debt without any prospect or intention of paying, and finally perhaps we as a people be charged with dishonesty. We say that we altogether disapprove of such practices, and we warn the Citizens of against such individuals, who may pretend to belong to our community. By inserting this in your columns— you Sir, will confer upon us a very peculiar favor— Written and signed in behalf of the Church of Latter Day Saints by your very humble servant— .”
I this day purchased in connexion with others of the Committee a farm of <Hugh White purchase > Hugh White, consisting of one hundred and thirty five acres for the sum of < purchase> five thousand dollars; also a farm of Dr. lying West of the [p. 931]