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.
<January 18> After transacting a variety of business, sleeping an hour from bodily infirmity, I read for correction in the Book of Mormon, and debated in the evening with the concerning the Lamanites and Negroes. for an extract of a letter from Elder “Trieste January 1. and 18. 1842” see Millenial Star page 166 &c. [HC 4:495] [HC 4:496] [HC 4:497] [HC 4:498]
“Dear Sir— By your reply of the 18th. instant to my note of the 17th. I am led to conclude that you received my communication in a manner altogether unintended by me, and that there may be no misunderstanding between us, and that you may be satisfied that I did not intend, and that I do not now intend any thing, only upon the principles of the strictest integrity and uprightness before God, and do as I would be done unto. I will state that I have become embarrassed in my operations to a certain extent, and partly from a presentation of notes, which you, as my Agent, had given for lands purchased in the Eastern States, they having been sent to me. I have been obliged to cash them, and having no returns from you to meet those demands, or even the trifling expences of your outfit— it has placed me in rather an unpleasant situation, and having a considerable amount of your Scrip on hand. enough as I supposed, to counterbalance the debts due you, and leave a balance in my favor, to some extent even if it were small, and as I was pressed for funds from the causes above mentioned as well as others, I had hoped it would be convenient for you to lend me some assistance at the present time, and this was the reason why I sent a Messenger to you as I did. [HC 4:499] And now Sir, that we may have no misunderstanding in this matter I think we had better have a Settlement, and if I am owing you, I will pay you as soon as I can, and if you owe me, I shall only expect the same in return, for it is an old and trite maxim, that short reckonings make long friends. With this view of the matter I would request you to call as soon as you possibly can make it convenient and compare accounts, so that all things may be understood most perfectly between us in future time, and that all occasion for unpleasant feelings, if any such there be, may be entirely obliterated.—
I remain Sir, most respectfully yours &c
Read in the Book of Mormon and in the evening visited ’s Wife, who was very sick, and the absent, collecting funds for building the and .
<20> Thursday 20. I attended a Special Conference of the Church at 10 oclock A.M. concerning , the Conference voted to sanction the revocation of ’s agency dated the 18th. of January, as published in the “Times and Seasons”, and also instructed the Trustee in Trust to proceed with ’s affairs in relation to the Church, as he shall Judge most expedient— 6 o’clock evening, attended a special Council in the Upper Room of the New .
<I insert the obituary of who died this day. [HC 4:500] He was the— See addenda Book. Page 51.>