JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. E-1, created 20 Aug. 1855–5 Apr. 1856; handwriting of Robert L. Campbell, , and Jonathan Grimshaw; 392 pages, plus 11 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the fifth volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This fifth volume covers the period from 1 July 1843 to 30 Apr. 1844; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, C-1, D-1, and F-1, continue through 8 Aug. 1844.
History, 1838–1856, volume E-1, constitutes the fifth of six volumes documenting the life of Joseph Smith and the early years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The series is also known as the Manuscript History of the Church and was originally published serially from 1842 to 1846 and 1851 to 1858 as the “History of Joseph Smith” in the Times and Seasons and Deseret News. This volume contains JS’s history from 1 July 1843 to 30 April 1844, and it was compiled in Utah Territory in the mid-1850s.
The material recorded in volume E-1 was initially compiled under the direction of church historian , who was JS’s cousin. Smith collaborated with in collecting material for the history and creating a set of draft notes that Smith dictated to Bullock and other clerks.
Robert L. Campbell, a recently returned missionary and member of the Historian’s Office staff, transcribed ’s notes into the volume along with the text of designated documents (such as letters and meeting minutes). The Church Historian’s Office journal entry for 2 May 1855 pinpoints the beginning of his work: “R. L. C. on Book D forenoon, afternoon began book E.” Campbell’s work on the volume apparently concluded on 5 April 1856; entries in the Historian’s Office journal indicate that he then moved on to other assignments while another clerk, Jonathan Grimshaw, began work on volume F-1, the last manuscript in the series. (Historian’s Office, Journal, 2 May 1855; 5 and 9 Apr. 1856.)
Volume E-1 contains 391 pages of primary text and 11 pages of addenda. The initial entry on page 1637 is a continuation of the 1 July 1843 entry that closed volume D-1. The final entry in volume E-1 is for 30 April 1844.
The 391 pages of volume E-1 document a crucial period of JS’s life and the history of the church. Important events recorded here include
• An account of JS’s 2 July 1843 meeting with several Pottawatamie chiefs.
• JS’s 4 July 1843 address regarding his recent arrest, the Legion, and Mormon voting practices.
• JS’s 12 July 1843 dictation of a revelation regarding eternal marriage, including the plurality of wives, in the presence of and .
• Dispatch of the first missionaries to the Pacific Islands on 20 September 1843, led by .
• JS’s 1 October 1843 announcement of ’s appointment to a mission to Russia.
• Minutes of a 6–9 October 1843 general conference inserted under the date of 9 October at which pled his case in regard to his 13 August 1843 disfellowshipment and was permitted to continue as counselor in the First Presidency.
• Text of JS’s appeal to the Green Mountain Boys of , inserted under the date of 29 November 1843.
• A 20 January 1844 entry that includes a poem by commemorating the presentation of two copies of the Book of Mormon to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by .
• JS’s nomination on 29 January 1844 as an independent candidate for the presidency of the .
<December 16> The Mayor, Aldermen, and Councillors signed officially the Memorial to Congress for redress of losses and grievances in . While discussing the Petition to Congress I prophesied by virtue of the vested in me, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that if Congress will not hear our petition, and grant us protection, they shall be broken up as a Government, and God shall damn them and there shall nothing be left of them, not even a grease spot.
I informed the Council. that it was my wish they should ask the privilege of calling on Government for the troops to protect us in our privileges, which is not unconstitutional; but lays in the breast of Congress.
was duly elected city Auctioneer, in place of Charles Warner removed.
The Council passed “An ordinance regulating Merchants and Grocers,” also “an ordinance concerning the landing of Steamers,” and was appointed wharf Master for one year. [HC 6:116]
and were appointed a Committee to wait on Mr. , and solicit from him, a block of land whereon to erect a city prison.
After Council conversed with some of the , and others till 8 p. m. Prayer meeting in the evening.
<18> Monday 18 After dinner— returned with a Schoolmaster when an examination was had before in the Assembly room. was found guilty of kidnapping , and bound over in the sum of $3.000 to the circuit court at for trial. I endeavored to have the court reduce those bonds, as was comparatively a stranger in , but did not succeed.
During the investigation testimony appeared to shew that had threatened my life, and for this, I made affidavit, and brought him to trial before J. P. immediately after he had received the sentence of : I extract from the Neighbor
“The was brought forward, and the court said that it was his privilege to plead for a change of venue, by paying the costs, but as the costs were not forthcoming the court proceeded.
Mr. Styles then read the “act to regulate the apprehension of offenders and for other purposes”. p. 219. r. s. The act sets forth that the use of threatening language is sufficient to criminate individuals; this we are prepared to prove. [HC 6:117]
The testimony was similar to that before delivered with the following additional items:
I did ask him if he had authority— in the morning he said that he would not care about shooting some of the mormons— in conversation with him he carried the idea [p. 1805]