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 .
<March 4> We have many things to say to you which we must keep till we see you face to face.
“All is right at . We are now fitting out a noble company to explore and and progressing rapidly with the Great ,— which we expect to roof this season though there is yet a chance, at the ‘eleventh hour’ for you to bring in your thousand— and secure your ‘penny’.
“On the 6th. of April is our special conference at I wish you could be here on that occasion, but the time is too short, from that period our Elders will go forth by hundreds or thousands and search the land, preaching religion and politics— and if God goes with them who can withstand their influence?
“My words are the words of your friends here, Come and see us, [HC 6:232] Brother Joseph’s [blank] ’s and ’s respects to you— ’ kind respects with mine to yourself—— and all yours
Most Respectfully yours .”
The Committee proposed to establish a powder manufactory. [HC 6:233]
<5.> Tuesday 5. I saw at Bryant’s store and gave him a lecture on his resisting the ordinances of the , (by telling the Captains of the Steam Boats they need not pay wharfage &c.)
Rode out with .
At 2 p. m. met with the City Council. I copy the Minutes
“March 5, 1844. Special Session 2 P. M.
Names of members called, quorum present,
Mayor stated that he had called the council because that when the called on the steam boats for Wharfage the officers of the boats declined paying, assigning as a reason that and [blank] Morrison had told them that they owned the land, and they need pay no wharfage to the , and he called the Council to know their views on the subject, as he had told that he should see the ordinances executed, and if the boats did not pay he should blow them up, and all those who uphold them, in resisting the ordinances— [blank] ‘every measure is taken to palsy the hands of the officers of the and I want to know how to remedy the evil, or whether I shall abandon the ordinances, &c.’
said that it was the Mayor’s duty to enforce the ordinances of the , and that no man has a right to build a wharf, without leave from the city Council.
suggested the propriety of licensing those who owned wharf <wharves> to collect a tax for the landing of the boat. [HC 6:234]
Mayor said the land on the water’s edge was a street.
suggested the propriety of having the street worked as soon as may be. [p. 1904]