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.
<January 2> such purposes to send them to this place; so that not only this place might be benefited, but that the Books might come out under your immediate inspection. I am afraid some have been induced to tarry and assist in these undertakings; and had made arrangements with to assist in liquidating the debts. I want a letter from you Brother Joseph, as soon as possible, giving me all the instruction you think necessary. I feel the burthen in your absence is great— expresses a great desire to go to [HC 4:51] along with , who has promised to pay his and ’s expences, Would you think it advisable for them to go or not? The High Council met a few days ago, and took your second letter into consideration, and passed some resolutions on the subject: appointed Committees to get Certificates for land, and to get all other information they could— some have gone to , and others to different places— We shall forward from time to time the information you desire— You will receive enclosed in this, a number of Duplicates for Land from and others— The is frozen up; the weather is very cold and a great quantity of Snow is on the ground, and has been for some time. Your family is in tolerable good health, excepting one or two having the chills occasionally. desires me to inform you, that Brothers and have drove into a large quantity to Hogs. They are now engaged— in slaughtering them. I think there will be a good deal of trade carried on in this line another year, you may expect to hear from us soon again I sent you a copy of the deposit I made to Holmes and Co. which I hope you will receive safe. I am very affectionately— .
P.S. We have concluded not to send any duplicates in this letter. The packages of duplicates will be directed to , thinking they will come more safe to his address.”
<3> Friday 3rd. Presidents and went from Utica to Albany on the Railway, and put up at the Railroad house—
“I hereby Certify that in the year 1838 I was residing in , Missouri and while from home I was taken Prisoner in by the Militia, and kept under Guard for six or eight days, in which time I was forced to sign a deed of trust, after which — — — — — I was permitted to return home to my Family in and found them — — — — — surrounded by an Armed force, with the rest of my Neighbors, who were much frightened; The order from the Militia, was to leave the within ten days, in which time my house was broken open, and many Goods taken out by the Militia— we were not permitted to go from place to place without a pass from the General, and on leaving the I received a pass as follows, I permit to pass from to , [HC 4:52] and there remain during the Winter, and thence to pass out of the State of — Signed Novr. 10. 1838 Reeves a Brig. General, in which time both me [p. 1007]