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.
And that Elder take charge of the Churches on the south, — — — — — — — — — — — —, and Elder William Jenkins — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — on the north side of the river Severn. Carried unanimously. Moved by and seconded by , that Elder be the presiding Elder over — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — this Conference— Carried— Meeting adjourned to two o’clock
Met at two o’clock, according to adjournment, and administered the Sacrament to a large congregation of Saints, accompanied by many observations on various subjects by the . Ten members were confirmed under the hands of Elders and . Remarks were made by the respecting the blessing of Children: seven children were then blessed under the hands of Elders , and . [HC 4:135] Moved by , seconded by , that Elder represent this Conference to the General Conference, at , on the 6th. day of July next— Carried. Moved and carried that the , present to the presiding elder , for safe keeping, a copy of the Minutes of this Conference, and also to the general Conference The above minutes were then read and adopted, article by article, when it was moved by the , and seconded by , that this Conference be adjourned to the 13th. day of September next, at this place, Carried unanimously. Conference closed by prayer. after which, the Elders and Officers present met in Council, and voted unanimously to establish a weekly council of the Officers of said Conference, to be held alternately on the south and north sides of the River Severn, to commence at Leigh on the 26th. inst; and organized the same by appointing Elder , President, and John Hill, Priest, — — — — — — Clerk, on the south side of the River; and also on the north side, by appointing Elder William Jenkins, President, and John Smith Priest, — — — — — Clerk; to assemble on the 3rd. of July next, at Turkey Hall. After passing many other votes of minor importance, accompanied by much instruction from Elders and , touching the duties of the several officers in their relations to each other, and the Church, the Council adjourned; and it is worthy of remark, that no dissenting vote or voice was seen or heard during the day, either in Conference or Council— . President— — Clerk—”
<18> Thursday 18. Copy of a Memorial from Joseph Smith Jr. to the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints— June 18. 1840.
The Memorial of Joseph Smith Jr. respectfully represents. That after the Church of Jesus Christ had been inhumanly as well as unconstitutionally expelled from their homes which they had secured to themselves in the State of , they found a resting place in the State of , altho’ very much scattered and at considerable distances from each other. That after the escape of your Memorialist from his enemies, he (under the direction of the Authorities of the Church) took such steps as has secured to the Church the present locations, viz, the Town plot of and lands in the . That in order to secure said locations, your Memorialist had to become responsible for the payment of the same, and had to use considerable exertion in order to commence a settlement, and a place of gathering for the Saints, knowing that from the genius of the Constitu[HC 4:136]tion of the Church, and for the well being of the Saints it was necessary so that the Constituted Authorities of the Church might [p. 1062]