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 27> persecution in you are [HC 4:169] aware I proferred you my utmost energies, and had not the conflict — — — terminated so speedily, I should have been with you then. God be thanked for your rescue from the hands of a savage but cowardly foe! I do not expect to resign my Office of “Quarter Master General of the State of ,” in the event of my removal to , unless you advise otherwise: I shall likewise expect to practise my profession; but at the same time your people shall have all the benefit of my speaking powers and my untiring energies in behalf of the good and holy faith. In necessariisunitas, in non necessariislibertas, in omnibuscharitas, shall be my motto, with the suaviter in modo, fortiter in re; Be so good as to inform me circumstantially of the population of and , the face of the County, climate, soil, health &c &c How many of your people are concentrated there? Please to write me in full immediately. Louisville Paper will accompany this— please enquire for it. With sentiments of profound respect and esteem suffer me to subscribe myself— Yours respectfully .”
July 28. 1840. Esqre.— Dear Sir— I acknowledge the receipt of yours of last month giving me the numbers of the Land on Rock River, which you felt disposed to sell. In reply to which I have to say that we have not yet examined the land, and consequently have not arrived at any conclusions respect[HC 4:170]ing it, but it is probable that some of my friends will visit it this fall, and if we should think it wisdom to locate there, or on the other tract you will be informed of the same and arrangements entered into— I am sorry that your health has been so poor but hope ’ere this you are perfectly recovered. It would afford me great pleasure indeed could I hold out any prospect of the two notes due next month being met at maturity or even this fall. Having had considerable difficulty (necessarily consequent on a new Settlement) to contend with, as well as poverty and considerable sickness, our first payment will be probably somewhat delayed until we again get a good start in the world— I am happy to say, the prospect is indeed favorable— under these circumstances we shall have to claim your indulgence which I have no doubt will be extended. However every exertion on our part shall be made to meet the demands against us. so that if we cannot accomplish all we wish to. it will be “our misfortune and not our fault” Notwithstanding the impoverished condition of our people and the adverse circumstances under which we have had to labor. I hope we shall eventually rise above them and again enjoy the blessings of health peace and plenty. You are informed in a former letter that we had paid Mr. the one thousand dollars specified in your bond, a few days ago he call at this place and agreed to give us a deed for the ninety acres (less one half acre) providing I would give him an indemnifying bond, and pay the interest due from you to him on the one thousand dollars which I agreed to do. I have therefore got the deed for the land and paid him the interest. [p. 1086]