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.
Pursuant to previous notice, a General Council of the Church officers was held in the Council room, at the Star office, , on the 7th. day of July 1840. The meeting being opened by prayer by , began to speak concerning those Officers who had volunteered to devote themselves wholly to the ministry, when It was moved and seconded, that brothers Wm. Kay, and <Thomas> Richardson go to Herefordshire to labor in that region with — Carried. Moved by seconded by that brother<s> <and Joseph Knowles> go with to Scotland— Carried— Moved by seconded by , that Brother go to Bedford— Carried. Moved by , seconded by that brothers <and John Wych> go to Newcastle upon Tyne, Carried. Moved by , seconded by , that Brother D[avid] Wilding go to Garway, Herefordshire— Carried— Moved by , seconded by that brother<s> <and John Needham> go to Birmingham— Carried— [HC 4:149] Movedby , secondedbythatBrotherJohnNeedhamgowithtoBirmingham. Carried.
Moved by seconded by , that brother H[enry] Royle, go to Sheffield. Carried. Moved by , seconded by , that brother John Albiston take charge of the following branches of the Church, viz. Dukinfield, Hyde, Woolley Hill, Ashton and Staley Bridge— Carried. Moved by , seconded by that brother Joseph Knowles accompany to Scotland— Carried. Moved by seconded by that brother John Wytch go with Elder to Newcastle upon Tyne— Carried. Moved by , seconded by , that brother William Parr go to Sandback and Congleton Carried. Moved by seconded by that Brother Heath continue his labors in Macclesfield— Carried. Moved by seconded by that brother go to Cornshaw— Carried. Moved by seconded by , that brother Robert Mc.Bride go to Lancaster— Carried. Moved by seconded by , that brother James Morgan abide in his own neighborhood, to labor with Elder D. Wilding. <carried> Moved by seconded by , that brother Price give up his business, and labor under the advice of as the way opens. Carried. Moved by , seconded by , that brother go to Lisburn, Ireland; as the way opens. Carried. Moved by , seconded by , that brother John Parkinson have a roving commission, so long as he keeps busy and doing good— Carried— after had addressed the meeting upon several important items — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — The meeting — — — dismissed by blessing from — , President. Clerk.”
<9> Thursday 9 Extract from s letter to the Editor of the Millenial Star,
“I arrived at Frooms Hill, Castle Froome Herefordshire, on the 4th. March, and was kindly entertained for the night by Mr. , who received my testimony, and opened his door for meeting; and on the evening following, the 5th. March for the first time I preached the fulness of the gospel in that place to a small congregation who manifested much interest in what they heard, and desired to inquire further into those things; and on the evening following I met a — — — larger [HC 4:150] number at s, and preached unto them the first principles of the gospel, viz, faith in Christ, [p. 1074]