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.
<May 13> to comfort you, our faith in intention and good feeling remain the same to all our creditors, and to none more than yourself— And secondly there is property sufficient in the Inventory to pay every debt and some to spare, according to the testimony of our Solicitors, and the good judgment of others, and if the Court will allow us some one for Assignee who will do justice to the cause we confidently believe that yourself and all others will get their compensation in full and we have enough left, for one loaf more for each of our families. Yes and I have no doubt you will yet, and in a short time be enabled to have your pay in full in the way I have before proposed or some other equally advantageous; but money is out of sight, it might as well be out of mind, for it cannot be had. Rest assured, Dear Sir, that no influence or exertion I can yet render shall be wanting to give you satisfaction and liquidate your claims, but for a little season you are aware that all proceedings are staid, but I will seek the earliest moment to acquaint you with any thing new on this matter
I remain Sir, with sentiments of respect Your friend and well wisher Joseph Smith” [HC 5:7]
In the evening I walked with to the Post office, and had an interview with concerning certain evil reports, put in circulation by , about some of ’s family, and others, much apparent satisfaction was manifested at the conversation by , and returned with me to my house.
<14> Saturday 14 I attended City Council in the morning and advocated strongly the necessity of some active measures being taken to suppress houses, and acts of infamy in the ; for the protection of the innocent and virtuous and good of public morals, shewing clearly that there were certain characters in the place who were disposed to corrupt the morals and chastity of our Citizens, and that houses of infamy did exist, upon which a City Ordinance concerning Brothels and disorderly characters was passed to prohibit such things, and published in this day’s Wasp. I also spoke largely for the repeal of the Ordinance of the City licencing Merchants, Hawkers, Taverns, and Ordinaries, desiring that this might be a free people, and enjoy equal rights and privileges and the Ordinances were repealed. Brother arrived from — after Council I worked in my garden walked out in the and borrowed two Sovereigns to make a payment.
It was — — reported in that of had been shot.
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I granted the petition of and about Seventy other members of the Church in , for the organization of a branch of the Church, in the north part of the , dated April 22 and my doings were sanctioned by the 12 who at the same time silenced [HC 5:8] Elder , for not following Counsel. [p. 1331]