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.
<March 20 Letter of Joseph Smith in > Brothers and Sisters, we hold them in the most sacred remembrance, we feel to enquire after , if he has not forgotten us, it has not been signified to us by his scrawl. Brother also, and we remember him but would like to jog his memory a little on the fable of the bear and the two friends who mutually agreed to stand by each other and perhaps it would not be amiss to mention , and various others, a word of consolation and a blessing, would not come amiss from any body while we are being so closely whispered by the Bear, but we feel to excuse every body and every thing, yea the more readily when we contemplate that we are in the hands of worse than a Bear, for the Bear would not prey upon a dead carcass— Our respects and love, and fellowship to all the virtuous saints, we are your Brethren and fellow sufferers, and prisoners of Jesus Christ for the Gospel’s sake, and for the hope of Glory which is in us— Amen— Joseph Smith Jr.— — — — ”
<Complaint against > While I was in Jail the following Statements were made by the Witnesses and sent to , namely— is guilty of entering the house of Joseph Smith [HC 3:286] Jr. in the City of and plundering it of the following articles. viz. One roll of linen Cloth, a quantity of valuable buttons, one piece of Cassimere, a quantity of very valuable books of great variety, a number of vestings with various other articles of value— Said was aided and assisted in the above transactions by Harvey Green, and — The above mentioned also came to, and took away from the Stable of the said above mentioned Joseph Smith Jr. [HC 3:287] one Gig & Harness— with some other articles which cannot now be called to mind, aided and assisted by which can be proven by the following witnesses— Caroline Clark, , Mrs. Hinkle, Joanna Carter.
<also against J. Stollins.> J. Stollins is guilty of entering the house of Joseph Smith Jr. in the City of in company with , and another man not known, and taking from a trunk the property of , an inmate of said house, one gold ring, which they carried away, also of breaking open a sealed letter which was in said trunk, inside a pocket book in which also was the ring above mentioned, besides tossing and abusing the rest of the Contents of said trunk— which can be proven by the following persons— Mrs. , Mrs. Sally Hinkle, Caroline Clarke, —
<25 and ’s Mission to the > Monday 25. About this time Elders and started on their Mission to see the — They called on the Sheriff of & Jailor for a copy of the by which the Prisoners were held in Custody, but he confessed he had none, they went to and he made out a kind of a Mittimus— At this time we had been in prison several months without even a Mittimus, and that too for crimes said to have been committed in another County. and took all the papers by which we were held, or which were then made out for them, with our petitions to the Supreme Judges, and went to [p. 906]