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 15> as those who have ever been ready, to listen to the wants of the church, that you would raise such collections of provisions, as you may have at your disposal, and forward the same withoutdelay, to us for the special benefit of the clerks of President Smith or the church. Asking no more, it is right they should not go hungry or naked.
Do you ask what is wanting? We answer look to your own households and say what it requires to make them comfortable, and you will know just what is wanting by these men. Eatables of every kind, and even soap to keep their hands clean, is scarce at , and it takes many lights to keep the pen in motion these long evenings.
The President has plenty to do without supporting a number of Clerks, whose business as deeply concerns every other individual in the church as himself, although he has done it to a great extent, and with great inconvenience, and we are confident that when you are made acquainted with the facts you will be unwilling that Joseph should doall, and get all the blessing. And as you shall continue your liberality in temporal things, God shall pour out upon your heads blessings spiritual and temporal.— and now is the time for action.
All is peace at , and the last report from the Carthageneans was, they were beginning to think it was time to throw down their arms and attempt a compromise; But the Mormons can truly say they have had no quarrel with them, it has all been between the citizens and the Law, their own officers being the executors thereof, and we feel disposed to let them fight it out among themselves, while we live in peace and laugh at their folly—
With our prayers and blessings we subscribe ourselves your brethren in christ Jesus.
In behalf of the Quorum
The Municipal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of on affidavit of .
East wind in forenoon and some rain. Brisk Wind N. W. in afternoon [HC 6:177]
Benjamin Andrews published in the Times and Seasons “An appeal to the people of the State of ” setting forth the persecutions, murders, and robberies committed upon the Saints by the people of the State of , and soliciting the assistance of his native in procuring redress.
<16> Tuesday 16. Cold and windy. At 10 a. m. was brought up before the Municipal court on complaint of for absenting himself from city Council without Care when summoned as a Witness; and for slanderous and abusive language towards one of the members of the Council. The court adjourned, and the city council commenced their Session, continuing till two O’Clock, during which time a reconciliation took place with , who had written a slanderous letter concerning me, and said many hard things, which he acknowledged, and I forgave him. I went before the Council and stated that all difficulties between me and were [p. 1862]
Benjamin Andrews, “An Appeal to the People of the State of Maine,” Times and Seasons, 15 Jan. 1844, 5:403–406; Benjamin Andrews, “An Appeal to the People of the State of Maine,” Nauvoo Neighbor, 17 Jan. 1844, .
Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.