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.
“ December 22. 1841— The word of the Lord came unto Joseph the Seer, verily thus saith the Lord, Let my servant take a Mission to the Eastern Continent, unto all the Conferences now sitting in that region; and let him carry a package of Epistles, that shall be written by my servants the Twelve, making known unto them their duties concerning the building of my houses which I have appointed unto you saith the Lord, that they may bring their Gold and their Silver, and their precious Stones; and the box tree and the fir tree, and all fine wood to beautify the place of my sanctuary saith the Lord; and let him return speedily with all means which shall be put into his hands, even so, Amen.”
This day commenced receiving the first supply of Groceries at the New 13 Waggons arrived from loaded with Sugar, Molasses, Glass, Salt, Tea, Coffee &c purchased in — The original Stock purchased in having been detained at by <one> Holbrook, Innkeeper, under false pretences; and on this evening Joseph the Seer commenced giving instructions to the concerning writing the Proclamation to the Kings of the Earth, mentioned in the Revelation given January 19. 1841— (see page 1266)
<March 20. 1842> return with means to strengthen the hands of the laborers and adorn and beautify the . Brethren while you are thus preparing to send up your offerings to this place, if you will act in concert with our well beloved Brother, Elder , and the regular constituted authorities of the Church in England; and collect as great an amount of Cotton, Linen, and Woollen Goods; Silks, Cutlery and Hardware, &c, even all the varieties of Goods which might be useful in this , and which can be obtained by the brethren in this time of moneyed scarcity, and forward the same to us, by , or your own agent in company with him, or otherwise, and at other times, we will pay you for those goods in lands, in or out of the ; in houses, Cattle, and such kind of property as you may need; and with those goods we will purchase lands &c, flour, meat, and all things necessary for a sea voyage, which can be had cheaper here than in England, and charter ships, and forward the same to England, or such places as emigration may require, and bring back in return a ship load of Emigrants, at a cheaper rate, than they can now emigrate; while at the same time, those who remain, can continue to collect and forward merchandize as before, which will give us the means of continuing our purchases here, of keeping ships passing and repassing, and of building manufacturing establishments, ready for the brethren when they arrive in our midst. While the great depression of the moneyed institutions continues as it now is, the people are compelled to resort to all laudable measures to effect those exchanges of property which are necessary to accomplish their designs in removing from one place to another, and from one kingdom to another; and by a faithful execution of the plans proposed above, much, very much, may be effected in emigration without the aid of cash, or with very little, at the most; and goods may be obtained to advantage for houses and lands which the brethren may have to dispose of, and in payment of debts due them; when it would be impossible for them to sell for cash at any price; or get their pay for debts [p. 1 [addenda]]