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.
<June 13> I had promised some money as soon as I could sell a yoke of Cattle, I know of nothing else I have that I can raise money with at this time, and they are getting to be dull sale to what they were— Sister Meeks has been quite sick but she is getting better, she has nothing to eat, only what she is helped to, a number of other poor here I think need assistance Wid. Sherman for one, but if you think that all the means should be kept up there, I have nothing to say, only, that I do not believe it to be my duty to stay here living on expence, where I can earn nothing for myself, nor do any thing to benefit others. As I before stated I have promised some money as soon as I can raise it, I have not at this time two dollars in the world $1.44 is all. I owe for my rent, and for making clothes for some of the poor, and some other things, I am going into the room, br. Harris leaves to save rent, what is best for me to do I hardly know, hard labor I cannot perform, light labor I can, but I know of no chance to earn any thing, at any thing that I can stand it to do— It is quite sickly here, five were buried in four days, Brother More’s Child, Sister Louisa P, and brother Pettigrew’s son Hiram, 18 or 19 years of age the other two were children of the world. I spoke to brother about his seine, he said that he would speak to his brother about it, He said he thought that they would sell it, or they would come up in the fall and fish awhile, but to lend it, he [HC 3:376] thought it would not be best as those unaccustomed to fish in the rivers would be apt to tear it to pieces, you perceive that I have not means to get you twine at present, therefore I presume that you will not blame me for not doing it—
15th Were I well I would …….. go up to with and settle with the Committee & , and see what is best to do, probably may come next week. If could sell one yoke of Cattle, and let me have the avails of them I should be glad, and I think it best to let two yoke that are up there to go to Father Myers, As to teams to move up some of the Poor, do as you think best— — “Prest. Josh. Smith Jr., ,”
<14> Friday 14 Continued writing history. This evening there was a great excitement about the Jail at Columbia Mo.— Several individuals went, and called for the Jailer, but he was absent. They next called for the Jailer’s Wife, and offered her money to let the prisoners go, which she declined, and becoming alarmed raised a cry, which brought the whole village together, armed with bowie knives, guns, pistols &c but finding no one there, they soon returned home, except a few to guard the prison. This row brought different individuals, to see the prisoners, and by acquaintance, those feelings were softened towards the Saints.
<15 Joseph visits > Saturday 15. I started with my family, to visit Bro. , we met on the Prairie, about four miles west of , found him in good spirits, and went with him to his house in , found [p. 955]