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.
<July> us, and have every reason from the kindness and sympathy which you have ever manifested towards us in our sufferings, to feel confident that your aid will ever be offered to us in common with the rest of the Citizens of the — That feeling ourselves so happy and secure, and beginning again to enjoy the Comforts of life— We are sorry to say that our quiet has been disturbed— our fears alarmed, and our families annoyed by the Citizens of ; who, with malice and hatred, which is characteristic of them, have unconstitutionally sent an armed force, and abducted some of our friends. viz. , [HC 4:159] , , and one , and carried them into the State of , and treated them with the greatest barbarity and cruelty; even now their Wives and Children as well as their friends are alarmed for the safety of their lives. — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Therefore we have felt it our duty to place the circumstances of this unheard of outrage before you, and appeal to your for protection from such marauders, and take such measures as you — — — — — — — may deem proper that our friends may be again restored to the bosom of their families and the offenders punished for their crimes. We have the greatest confidence in your , that every Constitutional means will be resorted <to,> to restore our friends to the Society of their families &c. that we in Common with other Citizens of the State of , may enjoy all the rights and privileges of freemen. Your Memorialists have under all Circumstances paid the greatest respect to the laws of the , and if any should break the same, they have never felt a disposition to screen such from justice, but when under false pretences, to gratify and satiate a revengeful disposition; for the Citizens of another State, regardless of both the laws of God and Man, to come and kidnap our friends, to carry off our Citizens, to cruelly treat our brethren; Such offenders we think should be brought to an account, to be dealt with according to their merit or demerit; that we may enjoy the privileges guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the . We therefore humbly pray that your will satisfy yourself of the gross outrage which has been committed on the Citizens of this , and with that energy which is so characteristic of your ’s administration, take such steps as you may deem best calculated to repair the injuries which your Memorialists have sustained— that you will vindicate the injured laws of the . In conclusion we beg leave to assure your , that in the discharge of this, as well as every other Constitutional movement you may rely upon the hearty co-operation of your Memorialists. — — — — — — — — — — — — — who respectfully submit to your the accompanying Resolutions, which were passed at a large meeting held in this place on this day, and also the Affidavit of one of those persons who was kidnapped, but fortunately has made his escape” [HC 4:160]
<15> Extract <of a letter> from Elder dated “Deptford July 15. 1840” on his way to <South> Australia
“Dear Brother in Christ, I write to inform you of my arrival in the metropolis this morning, after a tedious journey, in the midst of much profaneness and swearing, such as I never heard in my life before. I feel, as the Apostle expresses it, like a lamb among wolves, going into a land of strangers to preach the Gospel; therefore I desire your prayers in my behalf. I have witnessed much of the Spirit of Revelation since Sunday; in fact, I only thought it a mere thought, when the Elders testified that they were called by Revelation; but now I know [p. 1081]