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 1> Friday October 1. 1841. Among the interesting relics of antiquity which have been brought to light’ in these days, is the following sentence from the “Courier desEtats Unis”
“Sentence rendered by Pontius Pilate, acting Governor of Lower Galilee stating that Jesus of Nazareth shall suffer death on the Cross— In the year seventeen of the Emperor Tiberius Caesar and the 25th. day of March, the city of the Holy Jerusalem, Anna and Caiaphas being Priests, sacrificators of the People of God. Pontius Pilate Governor of Lower Galilee, sitting on the Presidential Chair of the Praetory, condemns Jesus of Nazareth to die on the cross between two thieves— the great and notorious evidence of the people saying: 1 Jesus is a [HC 4:420] Seducer; 2 he is seditious. 3 He is an enemy of the law. 4 He calls himself falsely the Son of God. 5 He calls himself falsely the King of Israel. 6 He entered into the Temple, followed by a multitude bearing palm branches in their hands. Order the first Centurion, Quillus Cornelius to lead him to the place of execution— Forbid to any person whomsoever either poor or rich, to oppose the death of Jesus. The witnesses who signed the condemnation of Jesus are, viz. 1 Daniel Robani; 2 Raphael Robani; 3 Capet; a Citizen. Jesus shall go out of the City of Jerusalem by the Gate of Struenus.” The above sentence is engraved on a copper plate; on one side are written these words:— “A similar plate is sent to each tribe,” it was found in an antique vase of white marble, while excavating in the ancient City of Aquila, in the Kingdom of Naples in the year 1820, and was discovered by the Commissaries of Arts attached to the French Armies. At the expedition of Naples, it was found enclosed in a box of Ebony, in the Sacristy of the Chartrem. The vase in the Chapel of Caserta. The French translation was made by the members of the Commission of Arts. The original is in the Hebrew Language. The Chartrem requested earnestly that the Plate should not be taken away from them. The request was granted, as a reward for the Sacrifice they had made for the army. M. Denon, one of the Savans, caused a plate to be made of the same model, on which he had engraved the above sentence. At the sale of his collection of antiquities &c it was bought by Lord Howard for 2,890 francs. Its intrinsic value and interest are much greater. A few years ago there was found at Catskill in , a “shekel of Israel,” of the time of our Savior. On one side was the representation of a palm leaf, on the other, a picture of the Temple with the words underneath, “Holy Jerusalem,” in the Hebrew Tongue—”
Relics like these, properly authenticated have about them an inexpressible sacredness. [HC 4:421]
< who robbed my house in while I was in prison, passing down the with a Flat boat, I commenced suit against him before the District Court now sitting, at , Iowa, I sent and to attend to the Suit, but gave security and got it put off till Spring.>
Minutes of a Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held in , Ill, commencing Octr. 1. 1841. Friday October 1 In consequence of the inclemency of the weather, the congregation were prevented from assembling; and conference, from business.
<Day stormy and cold; a few assembled, but Conference did not organize>
<2> Saturday 2. Conference <met in the > — — — — — — — — —
The Presidency <being> absent laying the Corner Stone of the , <the meeting was called to order by President . The several quorums were organized and seated in order> <President> opened <conference by prayer.> The Conference then made choice [p. 1227]