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 9> of boarding in consequence of Mrs. Richey ’s breaking up housekeeping, and gone to Baltimore, I am busy here at Chimney Corner preaching— yours as ever in the bonds of everlasting love—. — To Prest. J. Smith Junr. , Illinois. P.S. lest my previous letters should not come to hand I merely say that I have been before the Committee three days, and done all in my power to effect the object of our mission. have spoken my mind freely on the subject; and feel to have a conscience void of offence towards God in this matter— The subscription of which the Report makes mention, was on condition, they could not lawfully do anything for us; after examination we were to submit and wait until the great disposer of human events shall adjust these things, in that place where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest (this I think is nearly the sentiment though perhaps not the very words) And I for one hope and pray, the time will soon come, when they will not trouble us in the West, as they have hitherto done— There is a man here, who owns two printing presses and much type, reading our books (on whom I occasionally call), I will, with the assistance of God, get to come to the West as soon as possible with his press, that you may set him to printing the truth— He told me, if we had any printing to do, he would do it cheap; and even go to the West if necessary— Give my respects to , , and also all the household of faith. ”
“Illinois, , March 11. 1840 I. James Powel do certify that I was a Citizen of the State of in 1838. I solemnly declare that while I was peaceably travelling to one of my nearest neighbors I was assaulted by a Company of men, to the number of five, Autherston Wrathey, John Gardner, Philomen Ellis, Jesse Clark, and Ariel Sanders first they threw a Stone, and <hit> me between the Shoulders, which very much disabled me, they then shot at me, but did not hit me, one of them then struck me with his Gun, and broke my skull about six inches, a part of my brain run out, I have had fourteen pieces of Bone taken out of my Skull, my System is so reduced that I have not done a day’s work since. I know no reason why they should have done so, as I did not belong to the Mormon Church, neither had I ever heard one preach, in this situation I was forced to leave the forthwith. I was carried three days without having my head dressed, when I arrived at Doctor Head offered me assistance I refer to him for further testimony— James Powel—” “Attest ”
“We certify that the foregoing Affidavit of James Powels is true and correct, as we stood by, and saw it with our eyes, we also heard them [HC 4:61] say they would kill the Mormons, if they did not clear out, we carried the wounded man in our Waggon till he was out of reach of the mob. Peter [p. 1027]