JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, created 24 Feb. 1845–3 July 1845; handwriting of , , Jonathan Grimshaw, and ; 512 pages, plus 24 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the third volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This third volume covers the period from 2 Nov. 1838 to 31 July 1842; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, D-1, E-1 and F-1, continue through 8 Aug. 1844.
This document, “History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842],” is the third of six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church” (in The Joseph Smith Papers the “Manuscript History” bears the editorial title “History, 1838–1856”). The completed six-volume collection covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 8 August 1844. The narrative in this volume commences on 2 November 1838 with JS and other church leaders being held prisoner by the “’s forces” at , Missouri, and concludes with the death of Bishop at , Illinois, on 31 July 1842. For a more complete discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to this history.
Volume C-1 was created beginning on or just after 24 February 1845 and its narrative was completed by 3 May 1845, although some additional work continued on the volume through 3 July of that year (Richards, Journal, 24 and 28 Feb. 1845; Historian’s Office, Journal, 3 May 1845; 3 and 4 July 1845). It is in the handwriting of and contains 512 pages of primary text, plus 24 pages of addenda. Additional addenda for this volume were created at a later date as a supplementary document and appear in this collection as “History, 1838-1856, volume C-1 Addenda.” Compilers and Thomas Bullock drew heavily from JS’s letters, discourses, and diary entries; meeting minutes; church and other periodicals and journals; and reminiscences, recollections, and letters of church members and other contacts. At JS’s behest, Richards maintained the first-person, chronological-narrative format established in previous volumes, as if JS were the author. , , , and others reviewed and modified the manuscript prior to its eventual publication in the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News.
The historical narrative recorded in volume C-1 continued the account of JS’s life as prophet and president of the church. Critical events occurring within the forty-five-month period covered by this text include the Mormon War; subsequent legal trials of church leaders; expulsion of the Saints from Missouri; missionary efforts in by the and others; attempts by JS to obtain federal redress for the Missouri depredations; publication of the LDS Millennial Star in England; the migration of English converts to ; missionary efforts in other nations; the death of church patriarch ; the establishment of the city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo ; the expedition that facilitated temple construction; the introduction of the doctrine of proxy baptism for deceased persons; the dedicatory prayer by on the Mount of Olives in Palestine; publication of the “Book of Abraham” in the Nauvoo Times and Seasons; publication of the JS history often referred to as the “Wentworth letter;” the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo; and the inception of Nauvoo-era temple endowment ceremonies.
<August 4> to Europe, without either purse or scrip &c the Sacrament was administered a spirit of humility and harmony prevailed, and the Church passed a resolution that the Twelve proceed as soon as possible, and that they would provide for their families during their absence—
“, Hancock County Illinois 5th. August 1839 Dear Sir I have been requested to write you on behalf of the “Twelve” who are just on the eve of their departure for England, and [HC 4:5] inform you, that “this thing” which you have thought proper to write as a revelation to “The Church in Alston, and the branches round about,” to which you yourself ministered has “already come to the knowledge of the Churches” both here and elsewhere, and lest you should have any doubt concerning the fact, we send you a copy of your revelation to that Church. I am Sir— with all due respect— Yours truly Revelation <P.S.> Isaiah L c. 10 & 11 verses In my own behalf I wish to state, that I sincerely wish, that it may soon come to pass, that you Sir, and all our friends at , may perceive that you are walking in the light of a fire and sparks that you have yourselves kindled; and that you may turn round; and fear the Lord, obey the voice of his servant, and thereby escape the sentence “ye shall lie down in sorrow”— “” “To Mr. Isaac Russell. Mo.”
<9 Conference Minutes > Friday 9. A Conference was held at Brother Caleb Bennett— Monmouth County, New Jersey— Elder presiding— The and Brooklyn branches were represented by the president in good fellowship. There were represented at this Conference the following branches by Elder Ball, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, numbering 20 Members; Montage 3. Minissink, New Hampshire 2. 8. Holliston Massachusetts 16; Elder Dunham represented Hamilton, Madison County 46. Samuel James, Leechburgh, Pennsylvania 40.
<11> Sunday 11. I attended meeting in the forenoon and heard a Sermon by — in the afternoon there was one baptized, and four confirmed, namely, [HC 4:6] Brother Hibbard, his Wife, little Son and daughter and administered the Sacrament— This week I chiefly spent, in visiting the Sick, sickness much decreased.
<18> Sunday 18. Rode out in the forenoon. preached on the order and plan of creation, and three were baptized. P.M. Three confirmed and one ordained an Elder. This week I spent chiefly among the sick — — The Church made a purchase of Eighty acres from for four thousand dollars, lying directly north of the Hugh White purchase.
<29 left for England—> Thursday 29. Elders , and family; , and started on their mission to England, in their own two horse carriage, their route lying through , Indiana, and to the Capital of about five hundred and eighty miles distant— situated at the head of Lake Erie—