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.
<November 22> several every week and crowded audiences, In short the truth is spreading more rapidly than ever before in every direction, far and near, There is a great call for our Books. I am now reprinting the “Voice of Warning.” The History of the Persecution, and my Poems— there is a great call for Hymn Books, but none to be had, I wish would add to to the old Collection, such new ones as is best and republish them immediately If means and facilities are lacking in the West, send it here, and it shall be nicely done for her, and at least one thousand would immediately sell in these parts wholesale and retail. The Book of Mormon is not to be had in this part of the Vineyard for love or money, hundreds are wanting in various parts hereabouts but there is truly a famine in that respect. The Conference took into consideration the pressing calls for this book, and have appointed a Committee to raise means for the publication of the same, and also to publish it, if we can obtain leave from you, who hold the copy right. Any hymn book which or the Church will favor us with shall also be published on similar conditions.” [HC 4:22]
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Some time this Month the first number of the “Times and Seasons” a monthly religious paper in Pamphlet form was published at Hancock County, Illinois, by my brother , and under the firm of Robinson and Smith publishers.
<27> Wednesday 27. about one o’clock this morning the wind arose, when went on deck, prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus, when he felt to command the wind and the waves, and let them proceed on their journey in safety. The winds abated, and he gave glory, honor, and praise to the God who rules all things— arriving in in the morning, they took the stage for Battavia.
While on the mountains some distance from , our Coachman stepped into a public house to take his Grog, when the horses took fright and ran down the hill at full speed. I persuaded my fellow travellers to be quiet and retain their seats, but had to hold one woman to prevent her throwing her infant, out of the Coach. The passengers were exceedingly agitated, but I used every persuasion, to calm their feelings, and opening the door, I secured my hold on the side of the Coach, the best way I could, and succeeded in placing myself in the Coachman’s seat, and reining up the horses; after they had run some two or three miles, and neither Coach Horses or Passengers received any injury— My course was spoken of in the highest terms of commendation, as being one of the most daring and heroic deeds, and no language could express the gratitude of the passengers, when they found themselves safe, and the horses quiet— There were some Members of Congress [p. 974]