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.
<March 6> thing that ought to interest the Saints at present. and till it was ascertained how it would terminate, no person ought to be brought to account before the constituted authorities of the Church for any offence whatever, and was determined that no man should be brought before the Council in , till that time &c &c that the law of consecration could not be kept here, and that it was the will of the Lord that we should desist from trying to keep it, and if persisted in, it would produce a perfect defeat of its object, and that he assumed the whole responsibility of not keeping it until proposed by himself. [HC 4:93] He requested every exertion to be made to forward affidavits to , and also letters to Members of Congress, the following votes were then passed. 1st. That this Council will coincide with Prest. Joseph Smith Junr.’s decision concerning the Consecration Law, on the principle of it being the will of the Lord, and of Prest. Smith’s taking the responsibility on himself. 2nd. That a Committee of three be appointed consisting of , — and Abra[ha]m O. Smoot to obtain Affidavits and other documents to be forwarded to the City of . 3rd. That the Clerk of this Council be directed to inform , that it is the wish of this Council that he should not upon any consideration, consent to accept of any thing of Congress short of our just rights and demands for our losses and damages in .
<9> Monday 9 Elders , , — , , and sailed from on the Patrick Henry for .
“ March 9, 1840. Dear Bro. I expected by this time, that we would be through with our business, but the Chairman of the Committee gave notice last week, he should call it up to day, in the Senate; though ’s having gone to , it will not be called up, until his return, which will be on next Thursday, according to the information that I have obtained relative to this matter— If the resolution is passed, as annexed to the Report, I shall get my papers, and leave the — I have written some letters to , which it seems he did not get (atleastallofthem) Bro. writes, that left for the s, on the 5th. inst. He stated, that he expects me to come there, to go with him home; and that he would write me soon on the subject— I shall write for him to make the necessary arrangements— He says family, left about a week ago for ; also that the Church there numbers about one hundred; and, , , [HC 4:94] , and , were to Sail from to England on the 7th. instant. As I have lately written several letters to you— I shall bid adieu, not to write again, until after the Senate acts upon our business. Mr. Robinson says, he has sent you a report, notwithstanding, I shall enclose another for you— I have changed my place [p. 1026]