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.
<May 15> Edinburgh Conference— Represented by consists of 271 Members, 13 Elders, 19 Priests, 7 Teachers, 3 Deacons and includes the branches of Edinburgh, Wemyss, & Stirling. Glasgow Conference— Represented by John McAuley, consists of 564 Members, 23 Elders, 30 Priests, 26 Teachers, 15 Deacons, and includes the branches of Glasgow, Thorny Bank, Shaw, Towcross, Airdrie, Renfrew, Paisley, Johnston, Bridge of Weir, Kilbirnie <Benshill> Bonshill, Greenock, Breckenny, Nelson, Campsie, and Ayr— Brampton Conference, represented by , consists of 171 members, 6 elders, 11 priests, 7 teachers, 2 deacons. and includes the branches of Carlisle, Brampton, Alston, and Newcastle upon Tyne. Ireland Conference, Represented by David Wilkie, consists of 71 Members, 1 elder, 1 priest, 2 teachers, 1 deacon, and includes the branches of Hillsborough and Crawfoots Burn. Bradford and York— Represented by Henry Cuerden, consists of 54 members, 1 Elder, 4 priests, 2 teachers, 1 deacon. Total connected with the Church, at the present time in England, [HC 5:10] Ireland & Scotland. Members 7514— Elders 220— Priests 421— Teachers 110.”
<16> Monday 16. I was transacting business at the until 10 o’clock A.M. then at home. In the afternoon at the in Council with Brothers and , and others, I published in this day’s “Times and Seasons”
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1. Abraham sitting upon Pharoah’s throne by the politeness of the king; with a crown upon his head, representing the Priesthood; as emblematical of the grand presidency in heaven, with the scepter of justice, and judgment in his hand. 2 King Pharaoh; whose name is given in the characters above his head. 3. Signifies Abraham, in Egypt; referring to Abraham, as given in the 9th. No. of the Times and Seasons. 4. Prince of Pharoah, King of Egypt; as written above the hand. 5. Shulem; one of the King’s principal waiters; as represented by the characters above his hand. 6. Olimlah; a slave belonging to the Prince. Abraham is reasoning upon the principles of Astronomy, in the Kings Court. [HC 4:522] [p. 1333]