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 .
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<3.> Saturday 3. Prayer meeting in the Assembly room.
The High Council met, did but little business.
A rather favorable article appears in Niles’ National Register of this date, noticing the correspondence between myself and , a copy of which is contained in the political department of the same number. It also notices the correspondence between myself and publishing the same, with some of our city ordinances. The Editor also quotes the following from the “Hawk Eye”;— ,’
“Although much complaint has been made about the Mormons, we saw on our late trip evidences of improvement on our prairies, which we consider highly creditable to the Mormons who made them, and without whom we doubt whether they would have been made for many years to come. All those who have travelled over the large prairie between Fort Madison, , and , remember how dreary it was a few [HC 6:195] years since. Now it is studded with houses and good farms. The English who understand hedging and ditching far better than our people, have gone upon that prairie and have enclosed extensive fields in this manner. Along the old Rock Island trace, which we travelled seven years ago and which was then a dreary waste, we saw a field enclosed with a good sod fence, six miles long and one wide. We think such enterprize is worthy to be mentioned. As long as the Mormons are harmless and do not interfere with the rights of our people, we think they should be treated well. We shall never convince them that they are a deluded people, as far as their religious notions are concerned, in any other way.”
<4.> Sunday 4. I attended prayer meeting with the Quorum in the Assembly room, and made some remarks respecting the hundred and forty four thousand mentioned by John the Revelator shewing that the selection of persons to form that number had already commenced.
Prest. held a meeting at Bro: Chamberlain’s in the neighborhood North of the , and Elder , at ’s six miles East of the .
<5> Monday 5. The regular Session of the Municipal court was opened in the Mayor’s ; present , , and . Adjourned to the on account of the severity of the weather. I presided as Chief Justice: the assessors of the different Wards in the presented their tax lists, which occupied nearly all day. The Court remitted the Taxes of the Widows, and of the poor who were unable to pay.
In the afternoon Elder —— (whom I had employed as Architect of the ) <came in> for instructions. I instructed him in relation to the circular windows, designed to light the offices, in the dead work of the arch between stories— he said that round windows in the broad side of a building was <were> a violation of all the known rules of architecture, and contended they should [p. 1875]