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.
<March 6 Letter to Joseph> ’s Children and Mother Grinolds are living at present with ; they are all well, has not got her health yet, but I think it increases slowly. She lives in the house with old Father Dixon, likewise and family; they are probably a half mile from ’s; we are trying to get a house, and to get the family together, we shall do the best we can for them, and that which we consider to be most in accordance with ’s feelings. and stood their journey remarkably, they are in tolerable health, ’s has been sick ever since they arrived. has removed 40 miles from here, but is here now, [HC 3:273] and says he is anxious to have you liberated, and see you enjoy liberty once more, My family is well, my health has not been good for about two weeks, and for two or three days the toothache has been my tormentor— It all originated with a severe cold. Dear Brethren we just heard that the says, that he is a going to set you all at liberty; I hope its true, other letters that you will probably receive, will give you information concerning the warm feeling of the people here towards us, after writing these hurried lines in misery, I close by leaving the Blessings of God with you, and praying for your health, prosperity and restitution to liberty. This from a true friend and brother— .”
“ & Joseph, I should have called down to to have seen you, had it not have been for the multiplicity of business that was on my hands & again I thought perhaps that the people might think that the Mormons would rise up, to liberate you; consequently too many going to see you might make it worse for you; but we all long to see you, and have you come out of that lonesome place— I hope you will be permitted to come to your families before long, do not worry about them, for they will be taken care of; all we can do, will be done, further than this we can only wish, hope, desire and pray for your deliverance.— ” To J. Smith Jr. & .
<8. Committee in > “Friday 8. The Committee met at ’s, in the Chair, made a report of his journey, to , and said that President Joseph Smith Jr. counselled to sell all the Land in , and all other Lands in the whatsoever— Resolved that the names of those of the brethren who have subscribed to our Covenant and have done nothing be sought for, and a record made of them, that they may be had in remembrance. Resolved that an extra exertion be made to procure money for removing the poor, by visiting those who have money, and laying the necessities of the Committee, in their business of removing the poor out of the before them, and solicit their assistance. Voted that the Clerk write a letter to , laying before [HC 3:274] him the advice of President Joseph Smith Jr., concerning selling the Lands and requesting a power of Attorney to sell them.”
“At a meeting held at the Committee Room in the City of , Illinois, at Two o clock P. M. on the 9th. March 1839, pursuant to previous appointment It was moved by , & Seconded that be called to the Chair & he was unanimously appointed— was then appointed Clerk by vote— spoke as to the members of the Committee being absent who had called the meeting, and proposed that other business be proceeded in, in the mean time, and left it to the to decide on the propriety thereof, To which the assented. [p. 893]