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.
<April 8> Resolved that this meeting adjourn for one hour— Conference met pursuant to adjournment— after singing the President arose and read the 3rd. chap of John’s Gospel after which prayer was offered by Elder — The President commenced making observations on the different subjects embraced in the chapter particularly the 3rd. 4th. 5th. verses illustrating it with a very beautiful and striking figure, and throwing a flood of light on the subjects — — — — — — brought up to review. He then spoke to the Elders respecting their mission, and advised those who went into the world to preach the gospel, to leave their families provided, with the necessaries of life; and to teach the gathering as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. That it had been wisdom for the <most> <most> of the Church to keep on this side of the , in order that a foundation might be established in this place, but that now it was the privilege of the Saints to occupy the lands in , or wherever the Spirit might lead them. That he did not wish to have any political influence, but wished the Saints to use their political franchise to the best of their knowledge. He then stated that since had been appointed to visit the Jews he had felt an impression that it would be well for Elder to accompany him on his mission. It was resolved that Elder be appointed to accompany Elder on his mission and that he have proper credentials given him. It was then resolved that as a great part of the time of the Conference had been taken up with charges against individuals, which might have been settled by the different authorities of the Church that in future no such cases be brought before the Conferences. The Committee on ordination reported that they had ordained thirty one persons to be elders in the Church who were ordained under the hands of Alpheus Gifford, and Stephen Perry— which report was accepted—[HC 4:109] presented himself on the stand and humbly asked forgiveness — — — — — — for his conduct and expressed his determination to do the will of God in future: his case was presented to the Conference by President , when it was unanimously resolved that be forgiven, and be received into the fellowship of the Church. It was reported that seventy five persons had been baptised during the conference, and that upwards of fifty had been received unto the Quorum of Seventies. President dismissed the assembly— After he had made a few observations, the Conference was closed under the blessings of the Presidency. until the first Friday in October next— Joseph Smith Jr. President [HC 4:110]
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“ April 9. 1840— Judge — Dear Sir— Having a private opportunity, by Judge Snow of , I have sent you two receipts one for $50 and the other for $90 making together $140 to Mr. E. J. Phillips, Cashier of the Branch of the State Bank of Illinois at . when it is convenient for you to make payment, will you have the goodness to send the money to Mr. Phillips, who is instructed to receive it, and apply it towards the payment of a note of mine in that Bank, I received a letter from a few days ago, it was mailed in , but was dated on the inside in — His health is gradually but slowly increasing and he thinks he will set out for home sometime in May— He wished a small sum of money ($40) deposited in one of the banks here, for a Gentleman in New York; which I have attended to according to his direction and request— I also informed him, if he stood in need of more, to call on me, and it would give me pleasure to accommodate him— So — — — — you need not be [p. 1046]