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.
<October 6> to take charge of the Church as heretofore, in connection with Elder H. Withnall— John Wych, Priest, to go into Staffordshire, and labor under the direction of . Moved and seconded, that the remainder of the Officers who have volunteered, be left to the Travelling High Council, to dispose of, and appoint to such places, <as> they may judge expedient. Carried. Moved and seconded, that in consequence of there not being time to transact all the business of this Conference, the Ordination of Officers be left to the Travelling High Council, to ordain from time to time, such members as they may consider requisite— Carried. then addressed the Meeting on the propriety of establishing a Fund for the support and clothing of such Members as may from time to time be called out to labor in the vineyard, and whose circumstances may require that their necessities be administered unto. The then — — — — addressed the meeting on the same subject, [HC 4:217] and pointed out the difference between preaching for money, and the Elders having their necessities ministered unto, while they are called to labor, “without taking thought for the morrow.” followed on the same subject, also ; after which moved, that wherever a branch of the Church is established, two members be appointed to receive the weekly voluntary contributions of the members, for promoting the spread of the Gospel, and the same to be disposed of by the vote of the Church in Council with the Twelve Apostles — — — — seconded by Elder , and carried. The minutes — — — — — — — — were then read and accepted— and the Conference adjourned sine die— — President— Secretary.”
“Minutes of a Council of the twelve, viz. , , , , , and , also , and High Priests, at the house of , No. 1 Chapman Street , , Presiding; Moved by that take charge of the Millenial Star, for the time being, <seconded> and carried: voted that our publishing Office be removed to —, as soon as circumstances will permit; and that Elders and Curtis go where they please to labor, Clerk.” [HC 4:218]
<10> Saturday 10. preferred a charge against Oliver Walker
“For reporting certain slanderous stories, of a fallacious and calumnating nature calculated to stigmatize, and raise a persecution against the Church, and individuals in it, in this place, and for a variety of unchristianlike conduct &c” before the High Council at ; The Defendant pleaded that “he was not prepared to meet the charge, it being too indefinite” &c— Council adjourned till next day.
<11> Sunday 11. High Council met according to adjournment. The charge against Oliver Walker was taken up, and the following substituted
“To the High Council of the Church of Jesus Christ at , For and in behalf of said Church I prefer a charge against Elder Oliver Walker for several different offences herein after set forth, as said to be by him done, performed, said and committed, as well as various duties omitted &c all of which were done at [p. 1109]