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 .
company of men, I see those who are actuated by patriotic and noble principles, who will stand up in defence of the oppressed, of whatever country, nation, color or clime. I see it in their countenances; it is planted by the spirit of God; they have received it from the great Eloheim, <and> all the power or influence of mobs, priestcraft and corrupt men cannot quench it; it will burn; it is comprehensive as the designs of God, and as expansive as the universe, and reaches to all the world, no matter whether it was an Indian, a negro, or any other man, or set of men that are oppressive, you would stand forth in their defence. I say unto you continue to cherish those principles; let them expand; and if the tree of liberty has been blasted in this nation— if it has been gnawed by worms, and already blight has overspread it, we will stand up in defence of our liberties, and proclaim ourselves free in time and in eternity.
The choir, by request, sang “O stop and tell me red man.” After prayer by Elder , the meeting was adjourned for one hour.
April 6th. 1844, afternoon.
The President arrived at the stand at half past two o’clock, P. M. The choir sung a hymn; after which prayer by Elder , when the choir sung another hymn.
resumed his history of the Church <Reported by El. .> -[Page 1955.]-
At a public meeting of the citizens of without distinction of party, held at the Court house in , in pursuance of previous notice, on Saturday the 19th of August, A. D. 1843.
Major Reuben Graves was called to the Chair and Wm. D. Abernethy appointed Secretary. The object of the meeting was then stated by Valentine Wilson, in an animated address. The meeting was afterwards addressed by , and also by Hiram Boyle of .
On motion of F. J. Bartlett, a committee of nine was appointed by the chair to draft and report resolutions for the action of the meeting.
F. J. Bartlett, , Valentine Wilson, G. M. Swope, , J. A. Bebee, , Henry Hunter, and John Cameron, were appointed that Committee.
After a short absence, the Committee submitted the following
Your committee respectfully request to be excused from making a formal report at this time, owing to the short time allowed them and the importance of the business that has called us together, and ask to be discharged from further duties; and recommend that a committee of six be appointed to draft resolutions and make a report to an adjourned meeting.
Whereupon the following gentlemen were appointed to compose that Committee, viz:
, F. J. Bartlett, Stephen Owen, Stephen H. Tyler, Valentine Wilson, and Joel Weston.
The meeting then adjourned, to meet again at this place, on the 6th of Sept. next at 1 o’Clock p. m.