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.
<January 3.> and my family suffered much on account of Cold and Hunger, because we were not permitted to go outside of the Guard to obtain wood and provision and according to orders of the Militia, in the Spring following I took my family and left the with the loss of much property, and trouble ” “Territory of Iowa ” &c subscribed and sworn before J.P.—
“ 4th. January 1840— Respected Sir— I had the gratification of the receipt of yours of the 16th. December; which gave me pleasure to learn that your prospects were at. that early period, in a measure flattering, I also saw yours of the 19th. December to — We are now consulting and feeling the pulsations relative to your case, being brought before the Legislature now in Session by a series of resolutions instructing our Senators; and requesting our representatives to urge relief in your case; what will be done remains yet uncertain; still it is my strongest impression, it will be found prudent to get the matter before our Legislature for their action thereon. I am happy to learn that all our delegation are friendly to your intended application for relief in some shape— and it strikes <me> that the views of the at this period may be the best, and perhaps the only way that relief could at this time be obtained; and in that event, be no injury to a future application, to be restored to all your rights, when prejudice shall in a measure have subsided, and the true state of the matter be more readily received, even by those whose prejudices, may have closed the avenues to reason and Justice in a matter identified with the odium so commonly attached to the sound of Mormonism. This odium will naturally wear off when they have time to learn that Mormons are neither <Anthropophagi> or Cannibals. Your friends are generally well. I am &c C. Adams.” “To J. Smith Jr.” [HC 4:53]
The High Council at voted to utterly discard the practice of suing Brethren at the Law, and that such as do it, shall be disfellowshiped by this branch of the Church: That Abraham O. Smoot ordain President of the Elders Quorum, and that the Sixth instant be devoted to taking Affidavits concerning .
found the brethren in Albany; went to Troy, and Lansingburgh <Vol 4 Deseret News No. 19> where he heard Elder preach—
“I am well and hearty, after mailing the last letter to you in — I went to on Saturday the 21st. of December, there I found President J. Smith Jr.; he had just arrived from , where he had been about 3 weeks— 4 or 5 days after, with , came to ; they are well. I wrote to to come and see Prest. Smith; he did so, and probably will go to with him in a few days. I staid with brother Smith, in , about 8 days; we then took the Railroad [p. 1008]