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 9> it was necessary that some <agents> should be appointed to collect funds for building the . — — — — — — — — — — resolved that , , , , , , Gehiel Savage, and , be appointed to travel and collect funds for the same. A hymn was then sung by the Choir, — — — — prayer by president . President Joseph Smith then stated that he should resign the meeting to the presidency of the Stake, and the . The building Committee were called upon to address the assembly. spoke at length on the importance of building the , and called upon the Saints to assist them in their great undertaking. Elder [blank] made some very appropriate remarks— Conference adjourned one hour.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment— spoke on the same subject. Elder then came forward, and addressed the meeting at considerable length. The read a letter from Elder in England, to President Joseph Smith which gave an account of the prosperity of the work of the Lord in that land. On motion — — — — — — — — — — — — adjourn<ed> till tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.
The Twelve <Apostles> visited the Zoological Gardens at , England.
<Elder W[illiam] J. Barrett writes from Australia, he had arrived safe at Adelaide, after a rough passage, but had not baptized any persons, the obstacles to the introduction of the work of the Lord are very great, the people giving themselves up to Prostitution, Drunkeness and extortion.>
<11> Sunday 11. The Conference again met, Elder preached on — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — the literal fulfillment of prophecy. made some observations on baptism for the remission of sins — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —. Conference adjourned for one hour.
Conference met — — — — — — — — — — — and was addressed by the Bishops of the Stake, who stated the situation of the Poor who had to be supported and called upon the Saints to assist in relieving the necessities of the widow<s> and fatherless. [HC 4:342] Elder made some observations on the subject. President Joseph Smith then addressed the assembly and stated, that in consequence of the severity of the weather, the Saints had not received as much instruction as he desired and that some things would have to be laid over until the next conference. As there were many who wished to be baptized, they would now go to the water and give <them> opportunity. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — The procession was then organized and proceeded — — — to the <>. After the baptisms were over — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — The Conference adjourn<ed> to the 1st. of October next. <Joseph Smith, Prest.> — Clerk.”—
“Bolton April 11. 1841. Elder — I thought good to give your readers (through the medium of the Star) a short account of my labors in England. I landed in on the 6th. of April 1840, and after attending the <> Conference <I went to> the Staffordshire Potteries, where there were about 100 Saints; I remained there three months; the work continued to prosper, and 80 were added to the Church in that time. I then left the Church there to the care of Elder and in company with Elders and , visited the Churches in Herefordshire, and vicinity; hundreds received our testimony and were Baptized. From thence we proceeded to , where we met with much difficulty in introducing the fulness of the gospel; the hearts of the people <were> barred against the truth; but the Lord blessed our labors, and we succeeded in establishing [p. 1194]