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.
<February 27 x> “An act to incorporate the Nauvoo Agricultural and Manufacturing Association in the County of — Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of represented in the General Assembly, That , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Joseph Smith, , , , John F. Olney, , , James Kelly, , , and their associates and successors, are hereby constituted a body corporate and politic, by the name of the Nauvoo Agricultural, and Manufacturing Association, and by that name shall be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering and being answered, in all courts and places, and may have a common seal, and may alter the same at pleasure. Sec 2. The sole object and purpose of said association, shall be for the promotion of agriculture and husbandry in all its branches, and for the manufacture of flour, lumber, and such other useful articles as are necessary for the ordinary purposes of life. Sec 3 The Capital Stock of said Association shall be one hundred thousand dollars, with the privilege of increasing it to the sum of three hundred thousand dollars, to be divided into shares of fifty dollars, which shall be considered personal property, and be assignable in such manner as the said Corporation may by its by-laws provide: which capital stock shall be exclusively devoted to the object, and purposes set forth in the second section of this act, and to no other object, and purposes, and to the same end the said Corporation shall have power to purchase, hold and convey real Estate, and other property, to the amount of its capital. Sec 4. Said Corporation shall have power by its Trustees or a majority of them present at any regularly called meeting; to make by-laws for its own government, for the purpose of carrying out the objects [HC 4:303] of this association. Provided the same are not repugnant to the laws and constitution of this , or of the — Sec. 5. Joseph Smith, , and shall be Commissioners to receive subscriptions for, and distribute said Capital Stock for said corporation, said commissioners or a majority of them shall within six months after the passage of this act, either by themselves or their duly appointed agents, open a subscription book for said stock at such times and places as they shall appoint, and at the time of subscription for such Stock, at least ten per cent upon each share subscribed for, shall be paid <x> to said Commissioners, or their duly appointed agents, and the remainder of said Stock so subscribed for, shall be paid in such sums and at such times, as shall be provided for by the by-laws of said corporation. Sec. 6. In case the stock of said Corporation shall not all be taken up within one year from the passage of this act, the duties of said Commissioners shall cease, and the Trustees of said corporation or a quorum thereof, may thereafter receive subscriptions to said stock from time to time until the whole shall be subscribed. Sec 7. [p. 1167]