JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. E-1, created 20 Aug. 1855–5 Apr. 1856; handwriting of Robert L. Campbell, , and Jonathan Grimshaw; 392 pages, plus 11 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the fifth volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This fifth volume covers the period from 1 July 1843 to 30 Apr. 1844; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, C-1, D-1, and F-1, continue through 8 Aug. 1844.
History, 1838–1856, volume E-1, constitutes the fifth of six volumes documenting the life of Joseph Smith and the early years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The series is also known as the Manuscript History of the Church and was originally published serially from 1842 to 1846 and 1851 to 1858 as the “History of Joseph Smith” in the Times and Seasons and Deseret News. This volume contains JS’s history from 1 July 1843 to 30 April 1844, and it was compiled in Utah Territory in the mid-1850s.
The material recorded in volume E-1 was initially compiled under the direction of church historian , who was JS’s cousin. Smith collaborated with in collecting material for the history and creating a set of draft notes that Smith dictated to Bullock and other clerks.
Robert L. Campbell, a recently returned missionary and member of the Historian’s Office staff, transcribed ’s notes into the volume along with the text of designated documents (such as letters and meeting minutes). The Church Historian’s Office journal entry for 2 May 1855 pinpoints the beginning of his work: “R. L. C. on Book D forenoon, afternoon began book E.” Campbell’s work on the volume apparently concluded on 5 April 1856; entries in the Historian’s Office journal indicate that he then moved on to other assignments while another clerk, Jonathan Grimshaw, began work on volume F-1, the last manuscript in the series. (Historian’s Office, Journal, 2 May 1855; 5 and 9 Apr. 1856.)
Volume E-1 contains 391 pages of primary text and 11 pages of addenda. The initial entry on page 1637 is a continuation of the 1 July 1843 entry that closed volume D-1. The final entry in volume E-1 is for 30 April 1844.
The 391 pages of volume E-1 document a crucial period of JS’s life and the history of the church. Important events recorded here include
• An account of JS’s 2 July 1843 meeting with several Pottawatamie chiefs.
• JS’s 4 July 1843 address regarding his recent arrest, the Legion, and Mormon voting practices.
• JS’s 12 July 1843 dictation of a revelation regarding eternal marriage, including the plurality of wives, in the presence of and .
• Dispatch of the first missionaries to the Pacific Islands on 20 September 1843, led by .
• JS’s 1 October 1843 announcement of ’s appointment to a mission to Russia.
• Minutes of a 6–9 October 1843 general conference inserted under the date of 9 October at which pled his case in regard to his 13 August 1843 disfellowshipment and was permitted to continue as counselor in the First Presidency.
• Text of JS’s appeal to the Green Mountain Boys of , inserted under the date of 29 November 1843.
• A 20 January 1844 entry that includes a poem by commemorating the presentation of two copies of the Book of Mormon to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by .
• JS’s nomination on 29 January 1844 as an independent candidate for the presidency of the .
<July 1> , receive the warmest thanks of this meeting for their firm patriotism, bold and decided stand taken against lawless outrage, and the spirit of mobocracy, as manifested in the arrest or capture of General Joseph Smith, while on a visit to his friends in that district of country by and , pretending to act under the authority of a writ obtained from the of this , given in consequence of a pretended requisition made on him from the of , for the arrest and delivery of said Joseph Smith unto the authorities of . In maintaining the legal rights of persons thus arrested, and seeing the Laws of maintained, and the full benefit of them enjoyed by every citizen of said , they have shown themselves republicans, patriots, and worthy citizens of this , and have entitled themselves, not only to the thanks of this meeting, but to that of all lovers of law and good order. With such citizens as these, will long enjoy the benefits of good order, and the blessings of a free people.
Resolved unanimously, That the foregoing resolution be published in the newspapers. Moderator. Clerk. [HC 5:474]
A strong wind from the North West, with thunder and rain in the afternoon.
In consequence of and leaving abruptly last night for , I sent to learn what they were doing.
A tremendous shower at , Penn. over 20 lives were lost, fifty bridges destroyed, besides many houses and stores: damage $250.000
<Elders and started on their mission to the East, for the purpose of attending Conferences at and , where they will wait until the rest of the Twelve arrive.> [HC 5:475]
<2> Sunday A large Congregation met at the near the , heard an interesting address from , after he closed, Messrs , , and [Harmon] Wasson, spoke on the stand, stating that I had subjected myself to the law in every particular, and had treated my persecutors and kidnappers with courtesy and kindness, they also spoke on the unlawful conduct of my enemies.
Messrs. , , and Harmon Wasson made the following affidavit.
“, Harmon Wasson, and being duly sworn depose and say that they were in company with and the former acting as agent of the state of and having in custody Joseph Smith who was styled in the warrant by which he had been arrested Joseph Smith Jr, and who had been delivered into the custody of said by said , who had first as an officer of the State of arrested him, the said Smith, upon a warrant issued by his excellency to apprehend him as a fugitive from the justice of the State of when it was alleged he was charged with treason against the said State of ; that the arrest and transfer of the custody of said Smith took place in Illinois, And that while said was at in said county, a writ of was served on him, in behalf of said Smith, commanding him to bring said Smith before the nearest Judge or Judicial tribunal in the [HC 5:476] fifth Judicial district of the State of authorized to hear and determine upon writs of Habeas Corpus; that said acted as a guard and assistant under said on their journey from till they arrived at the city of ; that said Smith was allowed by said to “ride his horse and in a [p. 1652]