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.
<October 11> different times, periods, places, and seasons subsequent to Septr. 1st. A.D. 1838 To wit— for a general course of procedure, of acts, doings, and words, and suggestions by him the said Elder Oliver Walker, done, performed, said, spoken, hinted at, and suggested: both directly and indirectly and [HC 4:219] as calculated to be derogatory to the character of the heads and leaders of the Church, and extremely injurious and hurtful to the upbuilding, welfare, being, and advancement of the same, namely, For fleeing from, quitting and deserting the Society, ranks, and needs of his brethren in times of difficulty, with, and danger from their enemies “the mob” restraining from the use of his brethren, his influence, efforts, and needful assistance, at such times of need, as also for joining with, and strengthning the hands, will, evil pursuits, and designs of the mob, and Gentile enemies of the Church, by expressions hints and suggestions of a waving and dubious nature respecting the faith and order of the Church, and of the professed calling, qualifications, proceedings &c of Joseph Smith Junr. as a seer, prophet, and one called to bring to light the fulness of the Gospel &c in these last days. Likewise for advancing ideas, notions or opinions that the different orders, or sects, namely, Methodists and others, could, by a pursuit in their faith, order and pursuits, as readily obtain every celestial attainment and gospel advantage, as they could by embracing and pursuing the system brought forth by Joseph Smith Junr. in these last days; and moreover for suggesting within the last six months, at , , intermediate and adjacent places, that in the Church at there did exist a set of pilferers, who were actually thieving, robbing, plundering, taking and unlawfully carrying away from , certain goods and chattels, wares and property and that the act and acts of such supposed thieving &c was fostered and conducted by the knowledge and approbation of heads and leaders of the Church, viz, by the Presidency and High Council; all of which items set forth as aforesaid, together with any and all corroborating acts, doings, hints, expressions and suggestions in any way belonging to or connected with any or all of the aforesaid accusations, he the said Oliver Walker is hereby notified to prepare to defend in said trial— Dated Octr. 11. 1840. — —”
Walker pleaded that he was not prepared to defend himself and the trial was deferred at his request, till April Conference—
“ England Octr. 12. 1840. Messrs. and . Dear Brethren: We left immediately after the July [HC 4:220] Conference for the purpose of visiting the city of . We visited the churches which lay on our route through Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire; and we had many interesting meetings, baptizing and confirming daily, as we passed along. We baptized forty in one day, many new doors were opening, and all things indicate a short work in England, the last meeting we held among the Saints while on this journey was in — — — — — a — — — — field, in — — — — — — Leigh Gloucestershire on the 16th. August, we had an interesting time, we baptized 15 and ordained one Elder and two Priests; the two <Methodist> priests came 12 miles to hear, we baptized them the first sermon, and confirmed and ordained them at the same time, and sent them to preach the gospel. We parted with the Saints <there.> on the 17th., went to Cheltenham 5 miles and spent the night, there <were> several Saints in that place. — — — — — — — — On the 18th. we took Coach and rode forty miles, through a level farming country, something like the prairies, we passed through— [p. 1110]