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.
“A meeting of a respectable number of the Citizens of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was held in according to previous notice to devise, and take into consideration such measures as might be thought necessary in order to their complying with the orders of the to remove from the State of immediately, as made known by to the Citizens of said in the month of November last. The meeting was called to order by and on motion was unanimously called to the Chair, and appointed Secretary— The object of the meeting was then stated by the who briefly adverted to the causes which had brought about the present state of affairs, and called for an expression of sentiment on the best course to be pursued in the present emergency. Several gentlemen addressed the meeting on the subject of our removal from the and the seeming impossibility of complying with the orders of the of in consequence of the extreme poverty of many, which had come upon them by being driven from place to place, deprived of their constitutional rights and privileges, as Citizens of this, and the , and were of the opinion that an appeal to the Citizens of Upper , ought to be made, setting forth our condition, and claiming their assistance towards furnishing means for the removal of the poor of this out of the , as being our right and our due in the present case— On motion Resolved that a Committee of seven be appointed to make a draft of a preamble and resolutions in accordance with the foregoing sentiments, to be presented to a future meeting for their consideration— The following were then appointed namely, , , , , , and — Resolved that the Committee be further instructed to ascertain the [HC 3:249] number of families, who are actually destitute of means for their removal, and report at the next meeting— Resolved that it is the opinion of this meeting that an exertion should be made to ascertain how much can be obtained from individuals of the Society, and that it is the duty of those who have, to assist those who have not, that thereby we may as far as possible, within and of ourselves comply with the demands of the — Adjourned, to meet again on tuesday the 29th instant at twelve o clock. M. , Chair, Secy.—”
“met again according to adjournment, was again called to the Chair & appointed Secretary— The Committee appointed to draw up a preamble and resolutions to be presented to the meeting for consideration, presented by their Chairman , a memorial of the [p. 880]