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.
<June 17> are willing to bear.” This is the cry of the base and vile, the priest and the speculator, but the noble, the high minded, the patriotic, and the virtuous, breathe no such sentiments; neither will those who feel an interest in the welfare of the , for who does not know that to increase the population ten thousand a year with the most industrious people in the world, to pay thousands of dollars of taxes, to bring into the immense sums of gold and silver, from all countries; to establish the greatest manufacturing City in (which will be in a few years) and to create the best produce market in the West, is for the good and prosperity of the community at large, and of the State of in particular. As to the city ordinances, we have passed all such as we deemed necessary for the peace, welfare, and happiness of the Inhabitants, whether Jew or Greek, Mohammedan, Roman Catholic, Latter Day Saint, or any other; that they all worship God according to their own conscience, and enjoy the rights of American Freemen— June 17. 1842. .”
The above are plain matters of fact, that every one may become acquainted with by a reference to the or records, we might add that in regard to moral principles, there is no City either in this , or in the , that can compare with the City of ; you may live in our city for a month and not hear an oath sworn, you may be here as long and not see one person intoxicated, so notorious are we for sobriety, that at the time the Washington<ian> convention passed through our , a meeting was called for them; but they expressed themselves at a loss what to say, as there were no drunkards to speak to.<”>
< 21> <Tuesday 21. I attended a large assembly of the Saints at the near the and addressed then on the subject of Agriculture, Manufacture and Trade; and was followed by the Twelve, and others on the same subject.>
“To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints <and to all the Honorable part of the community. It becomes my duty to lay before the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints,> and the public generally, some important facts relative to the conduct and character of Dr. who has lately been expelled from the aforesaid Church; that the honorable part of community may be aware of his proceedings and be ready to treat him and regard him as he ought to be regarded, viz: as an imposter and base adulterer. It is a matter of notoriety that <the> said Dr. , became favorable to the doctrines taught by the Elders of the Church of Latter Day Saints, and located himself in the City of , about the month of August 1840, and soon after joined the Church. [HC 5:35] Soon after it was known that he had become a member of said Church, a communication was received at , from a person of respectable character, and residing in the vicinity where had lived. This letter cautioned us against him, setting forth that he was a very mean man, and had another wife, and two or three children in , Morgan County, Ohio; but knowing that it is no uncommon thing for good men to be evil spoken against, [p. 1342]
“To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to All the Honorable Part of Community,” The Wasp, 25 June 1842, pp. –; “To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to All the Honorable Part of Community,” Times and Seasons, 1 July 1842, 3:839–843.
The Wasp. Nauvoo, IL. Apr. 1842–Apr. 1843.
Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.