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 .
<July 23> be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”
Here is a tittle of law which must be fulfilled. The Levitical priesthood is for ever hereditary— fixed on the head of Aaron, and his sons for ever, and was in active operation down to Zechariah the father of John. Zachariah would have had no child had not God given him a son. He sent his angel to declare unto Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth should bear him a son, whose name was to be called John. The keys of the Aaronic priesthood were committed unto him.
John king and Lawgiver (query)
The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence &c. The kingdom of heaven continueth in authority.
Until John the authority taketh it by absolute power.
John having the power took the kingdom by authority
How do you know all this great knowledge? By the gift of the Holy Ghost.
wrested the kingdom from the Jews.
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of these stony Gentiles— these dogs— to raise up children unto Abraham.
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The Savior said unto John, I must be baptized by you. Why so? To answer my decrees. John refuses
Jesus had no legal administrator before John.
There is no salvation between the two lids of the bible without a legal administrator. Jesus was then the legal administrator, and ordained his Apostles.
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It is contrary to ’s oath of office to send a man to where he is proscribed in his religious opinions; for he is sworn to support the Constitution of the United States, and of this state; and these Constitutions guarrantee religions as well as civil liberty, to all religious societies whatever.
<24.—> Monday 24. This morning I had a long conversation with the Democratic Candidate for Congress. I shewed him the corruption and folly of the ’s sending an armed force to take me, &c., and told him this made the 38th . vexatious lawsuit against me for my religion.
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