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.
<July 9> Saints at Froomes Hill, Herefordshire; but, before leaving, we repaired to a pool three times to baptize, and confirm numbers that came to us, and requested these ordinances at our hands. labored in this part of the vine yard about two months, during which time he travelled extensively, preached night and day, gave much instruction to the Saints generally, and had many souls as seals to his ministry. I received much benefit from the Council which he gave in the organization of the Churches, and it was manifest that he had passed through a profitable school of experience during the three years of his travels in England; and the interesting seasons we have enjoyed together during these two months will not be easily erased from my memory. It was with no ordinary feelings that we took our departure from the Saints in Herefordshire, on this occasion; for, less than four months since, I proclaimed the fulness of the gospel in this region for the first time; but now, we were leaving between five and six hundred Saints, who were rejoicing in the new and everlasting covenant, and hundreds of others who were wishing to hear and obey. I parted with at Birmingham, who went direct to , while I visited [HC 4:153] Westbromwich, and preached several times to a small branch of the Church which had been raised up in that place, by , who baptized several while I was there. I also attended a Conference on the 29th. June, at Hanley, in the Staffordshire Potteries in company with Elder and others, after which I arrived in .
<11> Saturday 11. The High Council met at my office, when I taught the Council principles relating to their duty as a Council, and that they might be guided by the same in future, I ordered it to be recorded as follows
“That the Council should try no case without both parties being present, or having had an opportunity to be present, neither should they hear one party’s complaint before his case is brought up for trial— neither should they suffer the character of any one to be exposed before the High Council without the person being present and ready to defend him or herself— that the minds of the Councillors be not prejudiced for or against any one whose case they may possibly have to act upon.”
<, age 17, was ordained an Elder in Hanley, Staffordshire, England, by and , & took leave for South Australia; being the first Elder who went on a mission to that Country.>
“State of Illinois— — This day personally appeared before the undersigned an acting justice of the peace, in the aforesaid, county; , — — — — — — — — — — —, who, first [HC 4:154] being duly sworn according to law, deposes and says, that on the 7th. day of July 1840 and in the County of , in said State, William Allensworth, H. M. Woodyard, William Martin, John H. Owsley, John Bain, Light T. Tait, and Halsey White, in company with several other persons, to this unknown, forcibly arrested this , and one ; whilst and said were quietly pursuing their own lawful business. And that immediately after said arrest the said Allensworth, Woodyard, Martin, Owsley, Bain, Tate, and White, did illegally [p. 1077]