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.
<June 24> of the Church) that some of the Missourians were conspiring to come up to and kidnap me, and not doubting but that it might be true [HC 5:43] I consulted with upon the most proper course to be pursued We concluded to write to you on the subject, and I requested him to do so. I understand he has written to you but I know not in what manner; and I should be very much pleased if you would write to me on receipt of this giving me the contents of his communication. I have also heard that you have entertained of late very unfavorable feelings towards us as a people and especially so with regard to myself and that you have said I ought to be shot &c If this be true I should be pleased to know from yourself the reason of such hostile feelings, for I know of no cause which can possibly exist that might produce such feelings in your breast. It is rumored and strong evidence exists that and [David] and have posted bills in calling upon the people to hold meetings and have themselves in readiness at a moments warning to assemble and come here, and mob us out of the place and try to kidnap me we know not as to the truth of this report but we have conversed with some transient persons who had the report from a Gentleman who lately came from there and had seen those hand bills posted in . In case of a Mob coming upon us I wish to be informed by the what will be the best course for us to pursue, and how he wishes us to act in regard to this Matter. Joseph Smith Lieutt.General. Nauvoo Legion.”
There was a severe shock of an Earthquake at Antigua
<25> Saturday 25 Transacted business with Brother Hunter, and Mr. Babbitt and sat for a drawing of my profile to be placed on a lithograph of the Map of the City of — Messrs. Stephens and Catherwood have succeeded in collecting in the Interior of , a large amount of relics of the Nephites, or the Ancient Inhabitants of , treated of in the Book of Mormon, which have recently been landed in .
<26> Sunday 26. President preached on the law of consecration, and union of action in building up the and providing labor and food for the poor, I attended meeting, and Council at my house at 6 [HC 5:44] o’clock P.M. present , , , , , and . To take into consideration the situation of the , and Lumbering business, and other subjects of importance to the Church; after consultation thereon, the Brethren united in solemn prayer, that God would make known his will concerning the , and that he would deliver his anointed, his people from all the <evil> designs of , and the powers of the State of , and of and the authorities of , and of all Presidents, Governors, Judges, Legislators and all in authority, and of and all Mobs and evil designing persons, so that his people might continue in peace and build up the City of , and that his chosen might be blessed and live to Man’s appointed age, and that their households, and the household of faith might continually be blessed with the fostering care of heaven, and enjoy the good things of the Earth abundantly— adjourned [p. 1348]