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.
<9> Wednesday 9. Examining copy for the Times and Seasons presented by Messrs. and , and a variety of other business in my , in the morning, in the afternoon continued the translation of the Book of Abraham, called at ’s and &c with the and continued translating and revising, and reading letters in the evening being present in the . I also wrote , <as follows, see Addenda book pages60> [HC 4:548] at Pennsylvania to invest as much money as possible in Goods— for they were much needed in and I would purchase the same on his arrival, or rent him my to sell them, and that the State Bank of was down. and Gold and Silver was the only safe funds see Letter Book page 229.
<10> Thursday 10 Gave instructions concerning a Deed to and , and Letter of Attorney from Miss Smith to and a great variety of business. rode out, and in the evening attended trial at ’s office, The City of , v for indecent and abusive Language about me while at ’ the day previous. The charges were clearly substantiated by the Testimony of , Mr. and Mrs. Hibbard and others, was found guilty by the Jury and by Municipal Court bound over to keep the peace six months under $100. bonds. After which I retired to the with , and supped with the Twelve and their Wives who were spending the evening with .
<11> Friday 11. <Extract from the Legion Minutes>
“The Nauvoo Legion was on parade commanded by Lieutenant General Joseph Smith in person <Several of the Twelve apostles rode in [HC 4:549] the general staff as chaplains.>, The line was formed at 10 o’clock A.M. and soon the Legion marched from their usual place of parade below the , to Water Street in front of General Smith’s house, where the troops were inspected and after a recess marched west on the bank of the and taking a circuitous route resumed their usual post on the Parade Ground and closed the day in good order and with good feelings and to the full satisfaction of the Commander in Chief.”
<Extract of High Council Minutes>
“In the evening President Smith attended the trial of Elder at his, (the President’s) house. appeared before the High Council of on complaint of having received, written and published, or taught certain Revelations and Doctrines not consistent with the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church. refusing to present the written Revelation the Mayor <(,)> issued his warrant and brought them before the Council, when parts of the same were read by himself to Council, the whole mass of which appeared to be the extreme of folly, nonsense, absurdity, falsehood and bombastic egotism— so much so, as to keep the Saints laughing, when not overcome by sorrow and shame— President Joseph explained the [p. 1287]