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 Democratic Association> put us in possession of a competency, and deliver us from the ruinous effects of persecution, despotism and tyranny— Written in behalf of a committee of “The Latter Day Saints” . Prest. — Clerk—
To the Democratic association
then made a statement of the wrongs received by the Mormons, from a portion of the people of , and of their present suffering condition
On motion of , the report and resolutions were laid upon the table, till tomorrow evening—
On motion of , the meeting adjourned to meet at this place on to morrow evening at seven o clock”
left for , to fulfil his appointment of the 21st. instant—
<28> “Thursday evening Feb. 28. Met pursuant to adjournment— The meeting was called to order by the Chairman. On motion of , a committee of three was appointed to [HC 3:270] take up a collection; Messrs. , Whitney, and , were appointed. The Committee subsequently reported that $48.25 had been collected. On motion the amount was paid over to the Committee on behalf of the Mormons. On motion of , a committee of three, consisting of S. Holmes, , and , were appointed to draw up subscription papers and circulate them among the Citizens, for the purpose of receiving contributions in clothing and provisions. On motion 6 were added to that Committee. On motion of , J. D. Morgan was appointed a Committee to wait upon the Greys, for the purpose of receiving subscriptions— Mr. Morgan subsequently reported that twenty dollars had been subscribed by that Company.
The following resolutions were then offered by Mr. ; Resolved that we regard the rights of conscience as natural and inalienable, and the most sacred, guaranteed by the constitution of our free government— Resolved that we regard the acts of all mobs as flagrant violations of law; and those who compose them, individually responsible, both to the laws of God <and> man for every depredation committed upon the property, rights or life of any Citizen— Resolved, That the inhabitants upon the Western Frontier of the State of in their late persecutions of the class of people denominated Mormons, have violated the sacred rights of conscience, and every law of justice and humanity. Resolved, That the of , in refusing protection to this class of people when pressed upon by a heartless mob, and turning upon them a band of unprincipled Militia, with orders encouraging their extermination, has brought a lasting disgrace upon the over which he presides. The resolutions were supported in a spirited manner by Messrs. , , and Whitney— On motion the resolutions were adopted— On motion the meeting then adjourned— Saml. Leach [Leech] Chn J. D. Morgan Secry.” [HC 3:271]
Greene, John P. Facts Relative to the Expulsion of the Mormons or Latter Day Saints, from the State of Missouri, under the “Exterminating Order.” By John P. Greene, an Authorized Representative of the Mormons. Cincinnati: R. P. Brooks, 1839.