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.
<February 4> of the State of , within the City of , assembled at the office of Joseph Smith on Thursday at ten o’clock A.M. the 4th. day of February 1841— Present Quarter Master General of the State of , Lieutenant Colonel ; Captains , , , , , . First Lieutenants, , , , , Amos Davis. Second Lieutenants , , , , , ; Third Lieutenants , and . The Court was [HC 4:295] called to order by General — — — — — On motion, Joseph Smith and , were requested to sit in the Court. The Court Martial then proceeded to the — — — — — — election of the General Officers of the Legion, whereupon Joseph Smith was duly elected Lieutenant General; Major General — — — — — — — — — — — — — Colonel was elected Brigadier General of the First Cohort, and Lieutenant Colonel , Brigadier General of the Second Cohort, — — — — — — — — by — — unanimous vote of the Court Martial— Lieutenant General Joseph Smith after being duly sworn into Office — — — — — appointed the following named persons for his staff, to wit, Captain to be drill Officer, Captains , and , Aids-de-camp, and , , C. M. Kreymeyer, , , , , , , , , and — Guards <and Assistant Aids-de-Camp>— The Legion at its organization was composed of six Companies.”
<6> Saturday 6. Minutes of a Council at Brother Richard Harrison’s 72 Burlington Street, , for organizing a company of Saints going to , on Ship “Sheffield,” Captain Porter
“Elders , , and other Officers present. Elder was chosen President, and Thomas Walmsley, Miles Romney, Edward Martin, , Francis Clark, and John Riley Counsellors to . Edward Martin Clerk and Historian. Peter Maughn and were ordained Elders. and his Counsel were blessed and set apart for their mission by the High Council.”
<8> Monday 8. writes from Lugwardine, To the Editor of the Star.
“Since Stanley Hill Conference, I have attended about 30 Council Meetings of Church Officers in 11 different places in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, and — — — — Worcestershire: making a circuit of near<ly> one hundred miles — — — — — — union and harmony — — — — — prevail among them; and a dispo[HC 4:296]sition to add to their faith — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — &c. New places are frequently opened for preaching which are generally supplied. Many are baptized every week, although the ice has to yield its natural claims and step aside. — — — — — The gift of healing is — — — — manifested to quite an extent in this region. The gift of tongues — — — — — — is received in most of the branches where I am acquainted. [p. 1162]