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.
<October 31> and as to the designs of the leading members of that branch relative to the printing press, and the ordaining of Elders, and sending out Elders to beg for the poor, are not according to the will of God; and in these things they shall not prosper, for they have neglected the , the Baptismal Font, in this place, wherein their dead may be redeemed, and the key of knowledge that unfolds the dispensation of the fullness of times may be turned, and the [HC 4:443] mysteries of God be unfolded, upon which their salvation and the salvation of the world and the redemption of their dead depends, for “thus Saith the Lord,” “there shall not be a general Assembly for a general conference assembled together until the shall be finished, and the Baptismal Font, and if we are not diligent the church shall be rejected, and their dead also,” “Saith the Lord,” therefore, dear Brethren, any proceedings otherwise than to put forth their hands with their might to do this <work>, is not according to the will of God, and shall not prosper; therefore tarry not in any place whatever, but come forth unto this place from all the world, until it is filled up, and polished, and sanctified according to my word, saith the Lord, come ye forth from the ends of the Earth, that I may hide you from mine indignation that shall scourge the wicked, and then I will send forth and build up , and it shall be polished and refined according to my word; therefore, your doings and your organizations and designs in printing, or any of your Councils, are not of me, saith the Lord. even so, Amen. — Patriarch for the whole Church.”
<November 1st.> Monday 1st. November I attended the City Council, spoke and acted on many local matters, and contended at great length against paying the owner of a City Nuisance, damages sustained by the removal of that nuisance. [HC 4:444]
< resigned his seat in the City Council on account of ill health.>
<2> Tuesday 2. <I executed the following letters,>
“Know all men by these presents that whereas I Joseph Smith of and State of Illinois in and by my letter of Attorney, did make, and constitute, and appoint of same place my attorney in my name and for my use to recover and receive all debts and sums of money whatsoever due to me in and about and elsewhere; and to bargain, sell, confirm, lease and release all my real Estate in and about in the State of Ohio as by the said letter may appear. Now know ye that I Joseph Smith have revoked, countermandated annulled and made void, and by these presents do revoke, countermand, annull and make void, the said letter of Attorney, and all power and authority thereby given, or intended to be given to the said . In witness my hand and seal this second day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one. Joseph Smith L.S. And further know ye that I the said Joseph Smith, do by these presents, make constitute and appoint of and State of Ohio, my true and lawful attorney, in the place of , superseded, for me and in my name, and for my use to ask, demand, sue for, recover, and receive all such sum or sums of money— debts goods wares and other demands whatsoever, and to bargain, sell, convey, [p. 1243]
Nauvoo City Council Minute Book, 1 Nov. 1841, 27–28.
Nauvoo City Council Minute Book / Nauvoo City Council. “A Record of the Proceedings of the City Council of the City of Nauvoo Handcock County, State of Illinois, Commencing A.D. 1841,” ca. 1841–1845. CHL. MS 3435.