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 3. 1841. This day the Quorum of the 12, met pursuant to adjournment— The called upon to open by prayer, — — — — — — — — — — — — The Quorum then signed a letter of commendation to the Churches in England for . The business of publishing the Star and Hymn Book was then taken into consideration— Bro. moved that those who have had the care and superintendance of publishing the Star & Hymn Book, [HC 4:325] should dispose of them according to their own wishes, and dispose of the proceeds in the same way, Seconded by Elder , and carried by a unanimous vote. Moved by and seconded by , that Elder conduct the publication of the Millenial Star, as Editor — — — — — — — — — of the same, after the close of the present volume— Resolved that Elder reprint the Hymn Book, if he deem it expedient— the Hymn Book is not to be altered, except the typographical errors— The above resolve was moved by Elder , and seconded by Elder — carried unanimously, conference adjourned . Clerk.”
<4> Sunday 4. The President of the — — — — — — William H<enry> Harrison died <at > of the pleurisy. Nine of the Twelve at , attended meeting at the Carpenter’s Hall, and individually bore testimony of the fulness of the Everlasting Gospel.
“ April 5. 1841, Met pursuant to adjournment Elder opened the Council by prayer— It was resolved that the 17th. day of April be the day appointed for the twelve who are going to , to set sail from — — — — — — — Moved by & seconded by that the Twelve do business at the Conference as a quorum, and call upon the Church or Conference to sanction it— Adjourned till the 6th. instant to meet in general Conference at Carpenter’s Hall at 10 o’clock A.M. Clerk.”
<6> Tuesday 6 April 1841 It being the first day of the Twelfth year of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At an early hour the several companies comprising “the Nauvoo Legion,” with two volunteer companies from , making sixteen companies in all, assembled at their several places of rendezvouz and were conducted in <due> order to the ground assigned for general review. The appearance, order, and movements of the Legion, were chaste, grand and imposing; and reflect<ed> great credit upon the taste, skill, and tact of the men comprising said Legion, — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — We doubt whether the like can be presented in [HC 4:326] any city in the western Country. at half past 7 o’clock A.M. the fire of artillery announced the arrival of Brigadier Generals , and , at the front of their respective Cohorts; and at 8 o’clock was conducted to his post under the discharge of cannon, and took command of the Legion. At half past 9 o’clock A.M. Lieutenant General Smith with his guard, staff and field officers, arrived at the ground, and were presented with a beautiful silk national flag, by the ladies of , which was respectfully received, and hailed by the firing of Cannon [p. 1183]