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.
<December 6> Tuesday 6 High Council of met at ’s, and voted to come up to the law of tithing, so far as circumstances would permit, for the benefit of the poor, and that remove to , and he was ordained Bishop by the Presidency of the Council
Elder was instructed to call the Elders together, and organize the Elders Quorum—
<7> Saturday 7. The President of the High Council of proposed the following questions. Have the brethren a right to exact the payment of debts which were due them from others, and were consecrated to the in the State of ? Six Councillors spoke. The President decided that all such debts, ought not to be called for, and that persons making such demands shall be disfellowshipped by the Church. which was approved by the Council. also that all those who sold goods in and were calling for their pay, should be considered as acting in unrighteousness and ought to be disfellowshipped— [HC 4:42] as the property of the Saints had been confiscated by —
“, Corner of Missouri and 3rd. Streets Decr. 7. 1839 To and the Honorable high Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Your humble servants Joseph Smith Jr. and again address you for the purpose of informing you of our proceedings here in relation to our business and prospects of success, We deem it unimportant to say any thing in relation to our journey, arrival and interview with his Excellency the of these ; as they were mentioned in a letter lately addressed to President and the High Council. We mentioned in that letter the appointment of a meeting to be held by the Delegation to consult upon the best measures of getting our business brought before Congress. They met yesterday in one of the Committee Rooms of the Capitol. All the delegation except the were present, who is now one of the Representatives in Congress, and on account of whose absence the meeting was adjourned. until today at eleven o’clock: however the subject was partially introduced, and Mr. [John] Robinson took a stand against us, so far as concerned our presenting claims to be liquidated, by the
We took a stand against him, asserting our Constitutional rights— Brother Joseph maintained the ground in argument against him firmly, and respectfully setting forth the injuries that we have received and the appeals that we have made to the Judiciary of and also the : their refusals from time to time to do us justice: also the impracticability of doing any thing in the Judiciary Courts of — which tribunal Mr. Robinson thought was the only proper place for our claims, but he finally said it was his first impression on the subject; not having considered the matter, but would take it into further consideration— of the Senate made some remarks in our favor saying he would get the opinion of some of the prominent members of the Senate who were also Lawyers and would report to us, at the next meeting. We met this day according to appointment, and [p. 1001]