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 15> Sunday 15— attended meeting at the — News of the attempted asassination of was confirmed by general report, and was mentioned on the .
A General Conference was held in the New Corn Exchange England— President presiding— There were present at the opening of the Conference High Priests 14. Elders 50. Priests 64. Teachers 37. Deacons 8. The representation of the Churches were as follows
“ Conference Represented by Charles Miller, consists of 1531 Members, 36 Elders, 79 Priests, 50 Teachers, 19 Deacons and includes the branches of , Duckinfield, Bolton, and branches, Stockport, Pendlebury, Whitefield, Heatons, Eccles, Oldham, Rochdale, Leeds, Radcliffe Bridge, and Blakeley. Conference, represented by John Greenhow, consists of 570 members, 23 Elders, 26 Priests, 21 Teachers, 10 Deacons and includes the branches of , Warrington, and Newton, St. Helens, Isle of Man, Wales, and York. Preston Conference— Represented by — Struthars, consists of 665 Members, 16 Elders, 22 Priests, 15 Teachers, 3 Deacons, and includes the branches of Preston, Penworthen, Longton, Southport, Farrington, Hunter’s Hill, Kendal, Brigsteer, Holme, Lancaster, and Euxton Birth.— Clitheroe Conference, Represented by , consists of 325 members, 15 Elders, 23 Priests, 17 Teachers, 6 Deacons, and includes the branches of Clitheroe, Chatburn, Waddington, Downham, Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington, Ribchester, Chaidgley and Grindleton. Conference— Represented by , consists of 400 members, 14 Elders, 32 Priests, 7 Teachers, 8 Deacons, and includes the branches of , Woolwich, Bedford, Wybosson, Thorncut, Honeydon, Irchester, and Waddon. Macclesfield Conference— Represented by James Galley, consists of 238 members, 8 Elders, 23 Priests, 14 Teachers, 9 Deacons, and includes the branches of Macclesfield, Congleton, Bollington, Middlewich, Northwich and Plumbley. Birmingham Conference— Represented by J. Riley consists of 309 members, 11 Elders, 18 Priests, 12 Teachers, 5 Deacons and includes [HC 5:9] the branches of Birmingham, Greats Green, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Allchurch, Dudley, Wolverhampton, and Ashby Wolds. Staffordshire Conference— Represented by consists of 507 Members 25 Elders, 54 Priests, 23 Teachers, 14 Deacons and includes the branches of Hanley, Burslem, Stoke, Newcastle, Baddaley Edge, Bradley Green, Knutton Heath, Land End, Audlem. Prees, Tunstall, Leek, Longport, Tittensor Heath, Doncaster, Sheffield, and Brampton— Garway Conference, Represented by John Needham, consists of 197 members, 2 Elders, 12 Priests, 7 Teachers, 2 Deacons, and includes the branches of Garway, Abergavenny, Monmouth, Keven, Orcop and Euyasharrold. Cheltenham Conference— Represented by Theodore Curtis, consists of 540 Members, 8 Elders, 22 Priests, 12 Teachers, 4 Deacons, and includes the branches of Newberry Hill, Rocks Hill, Earl’s Common, Pinvin Dounton, Beauchamp, Edge Hills, Little Dean, Woodside, Ponsett, Killcott, Frogs Marsh, Red Marley, Bran Green, Apperby, Deerhurst, Cheltenham, Norton and Bristol. Frooms Hill Conference— Represented by William Kay, consists of 1101 Members, 24 Elders, 56 Priests, 24 Teachers, 12 Deacons, and includes the branches of Moor Ends Cross, Ridgway Cross, Dun’s Close, Old Storadge, Broomyard’s Downs, Clifton, Widbourn, Brinsteed, Woofren Common, Ashfield, Malvern Hill, Pale House, Callwell, Ledbury, Shaken Hill, Lugwardine, Marden, Bush Bank, Leominster, Ball Gate, Coom’s Move, Stoke’s Lane, Froomes Hill, Stanley Hill, Easthampton, and Worcester Broad Heath. [p. 1332]