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.
“Honorary degree— Ordered by the Chancellor and Regents of the University of the City of Nauvoo, that the Honorary degree of L.L.[HC 4:600]D. be, and the same hereby is, conferred on General of N.Y. Passed April 22. 1842. , Chancellor— Registrar—”
“7th. of May Dinner— General Joseph Smith and present their Compliments to the Officers (and their respective Ladies) of the Consolidated General Staff of the Nauvoo Legion;— that is to say,— his personal Staff,— ’s Staff including the Band,— ’s Staff,— and ’s Staff;— and respectfully solicit their Company at a repastMilitaire, at his quarters on the 7th. day of May proximo, at 1 o’clock P.M. has been ordered to issue a programme of the operations, and field exercises of the day, which will appear in ample form, and in due season. April 28. A.D. 1842”
“Head Quarters Nauvoo Legion City of . Ill. April 28. 1842— General orders— The Lieutenant General directs that a programmeMilitaire issue from the office of his , for the 7th. of May proximo, which I now proceed to consummate. 1sst. The Adjutants will form the lines of their respective Regiments, and the Colonels of the line assume command at 9 o’clock A.M. 2nd. The will form the line of the Legion, and the Brigadier Generals assume the command of their respective Cohorts, at half past 9 o’clock A.M. 3rd. The will assume the command of the Legion at 10 o’clock A.M. 4th. At a quarter past 10 o’clock A.M. the Lieutenant General will be escorted to the field, at the review station. [HC 4:601] 5th. General Review, and Inspection, will follow, accompanied by such evolutions, and exercises as the time will admit of. 6th. At half past 12 o’clock P.M. the forces will be dismissed, until a quarter before 2 o’clock P.M. 7th. at 2 o’clock P.M. the will resume the command, and perform such military movements, and field exercises, as the Lieutenant General may direct. 8th. at 3 o’clock P.M. the Cohorts will separate, and form the line of battle the Brigadiers assume their respective commands, and ’s command will make a descent upon that of — in order of sham battle— 9th. At half past 3 o’clock P.M. the Cohorts will resume their positions in the line of the Legion; and a sham battle will be fought between the mounted Riflemen under the immediate command of Lieutenant General Smith, and the Invicibles under the immediate command of . 10th. at half past 4 o’clock P.M. the forces will be dismissed for the day. 11th. Every officer, Musician, and Private, will be required to be at their respective posts, at the hoursspecified, throughoutthe day, under the most severe penalties of the law. . Major General.” [p. 1325]