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.
<August 16> same time relieve him, so that he might attend to the business of translating. Moved, seconded and carried that the Conference approve of the instructions of President Smith, in relation to the twelve, and that they proceed accordingly, to attend to the duties of their Office. Moved seconded and carried unanimously, that every individual who [HC 4:403] shall hereafter be found trying to influence any emigrants belonging to the Church. either to buy of them (except provisions) or sell to them, (excepting the Church Agents) shall be immediately tried for fellowship, and dealt with as offenders, and unless they repent shall be cut off from the Church. then made some appropriate remarks on speculations. moved that the conference accept the doings of the twelve in designating certain individuals to certain Cities &c— When President Joseph Smith, remarked that the Conference had already sanctioned the doings of the twelve, and it belonged to their office to transact such business with the approbation of the first presidency, and he would then state what cities should now be built up— viz. , , , and . Resolved that this conference adjourn to the general Conference in October next— Closed with prayer by . , President. , , Clerks.” [HC 4:404]
<19.> Thursday 19. Elders , and went to and examined the Town plot of which is situated about a mile South of the village of , and made some arrangements with the Proprietors for building up the place. The plot designed for the City of is the School Section, No. 16. and opposite the first permanent and good landing place on the below the falls. which is about two miles below the Warsaw Landing which is filling up with Sand bars. The brethren returned about eleven P.M. quite exhausted.
<25> Wednesday 25. I <received the following letter (see Addenda book page 8.) [HC 4:405] and> wrote the following <answer> to
“ Esqre. Connecticut— August 25. 1841. — — — — — — — — — — — Dr. Sir, yours of the 24th. ult. came to hand this day, The contents of which I duly appreciated, I presume you are well aware of the difficulties that occurred, before, and at, the execution of the writings in regard to the landed transaction, between us touching the annual payment of interest, If you have forgotten I will here remind you, You verbally agreed, on our refusal, and hesitancy to execute the notes for the payment for the Land; that you would not exact the payment of the interest that would accrue on them, under five years, and that you would not coerce the payment even then, to all this you pledged your honor, And upon an after arrangement you verbally agreed to take Land in some one of the Atlantic States; that would yield six per cent interest, (to you) both for the principal and interest, And in view of that matter I delegated My Brother , and Doctor , to go East and negociate for Lands, with our friends, and pay you off for the [HC 4:406] whole purchase that we made of you; But upon an interview with you, they learned that you were unwilling to enter into an arrangement according to the powers that I had delegated to them; That you would not receive any of the principal at all, but the interest alone, which we never considered ourselves, in honor or in justice, bound to pay under the expiration of five years. I presume youarenoStranger to the part of the City plot we bought [p. 1222]