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.
<June 21> The Saints hired the Carpenters Hall in for five hundred dollars a year, payable by contribution, large enough to accommodate ten or fifteen hundred hearers and Elders and preached therein, this day, for the first time.
stated to the Council that he was authorized to inform them, that President Joseph Smith Junr. had vetoed the proceedings of the Council of the 20th. June in relation to his memorial. Laid over for re-hearing till Friday next. . Clerk—
<29> “, Ohio, June 29, 1840— Brother Joseph. I am alive and with the help of God I mean to live still— I am as the Prodigal Son, though I never doubt or disbelieve the fulness of the Gospel. I have been greatly abased and humbled. And I blessed the God of Israel when I lately read your Prophetic blessing on my head as follows “The Lord will chasten him because he taketh honor to himself and when his soul is greatly humbled he will forsake the evil. Then shall [HC 4:141] the light of the Lord break upon him as at noon day, and in him shall be no darkness <&c> I have seen the folly of my way and I tremble at the Gulf I have passed, so it is, and why I know not. I prayed and God answered, but what could I do? says I, I will repent and live, and ask my old brethren to forgive me, and though they chasten me to death, yet Iwilldie with them, for their God is my God— The least place with them is enough for me, yea it is bigger and better than all Babylon. Then I dreamed that I was in a large house with many Mansions with you and and , and when it was said Supper must be made ready, by one of the Cooks, I saw no meat, but you said there was plenty and you shewed me much, and as good as I ever saw; and while cutting to cook, your heart and mine beat within us, and we took each other’s hand and cried for joy” and I awoke and took courage. I know my situation, you know it, and God knows it, and I want to be saved if my friends will help me. Like the Captain that was cast away on a desert Island, when he got off, he went to Sea again, and made his fortune the next time, so let my lot be, I have done wrong, and am sorry. The beam is in my own eye.
I have not walked with my friends according to my holy anointing, I ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ of all the Saints for I will do right God helping me, I want your fellowship: If you cannot grant that, grant me your Peace and friendship, for we are brethren, and our Communion used to be Sweet and whenever the Lord brings us together again I willmakeallthe Satisfaction, on every pointthat Saintsor Godcan require. Amen. — to Prests. Joseph Smith, , &c.
Dear Brother— We have been in this place a few days, and have preached faithfully— a very great prospect of some able and influential men embracing the faith in this place. We have moved along slowly. [p. 1066]