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 .
<January 5> Genl. said ‘I am Joseph’s friend— he has no better [HC 6:169] friend in the world— I am ready to lay down my life for him; and upon that the Mayor and Genl. shook hands.
The ordinance concerning the 40 policeman policemen, read twice.
The Mayor objected to assuming the entire disposal of the police, beyond the definition of the ordinance.
Alderman said he could sleep with a fire near his house, if there were some of the Police warming themselves by it, and he believed any honest man could do the same.
The Police received the thanks of the Council.
The cross examinations and speeches are generally omitted.
Council adjourned at dusk for the want of candles.”
What can be the matter with these men? is it, that the wicked flee when no man pursueth? that hit pigeons always flutter? that drowning men catch at straws? or that Prests. and are absolutely traitors to the church, that my remarks should produce such an excitement in their minds? Can it be possible that the Traitor whom reports to me as being in correspondence with my enemies, is one of my quorum? the people in the town were astonished, almost every man saying to his Neighbor “is it possible that or is a traitor, and would deliver brother Joseph into the hands of his enemies in ?” if not what can be the meaning of all this? the righteous are as bold as a Lion.
At 5 p. m. appointed and Marinew J. Eaton to be my Aides in the Staff of the Legion.
A number of Gentlemen boarding at my [illegible] conversed with me on National affairs— I sent for , who came and read my letter to , with which they were highly edified.
Elder went to for the purpose of instructing the Saints.
Commenced snowing a little before sunset— and continued all night.