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.
<14> Tuesday 14. Rode to the Big mound on the La Harpe Road accompanied— by , and and purchased a Three Quarter Section of Land of , including the Mound.
“The Twelve, namely, President , [HC 5:25] , , and — Bishop , and of the High Priests Quorum in Council at the — voted that go immediately to England, take a letter to gather means of the Churches, to go on his journey and take charge of the Emigration in England instead of , also collect means for building the , purchase goods &c and that letters be given him to to this effect. Voted that come immediately to this place with his family after his return to England—”
’s defence of the proceeding at &c may be seen on the 37. 38 and 39 pages of the Wasp.
<15> Wednesday 15. visited at different places in the , and my on the Prairie, accompanied by my and , and supped at s, issued an Editorial on the gift of the Holy Ghost as follows: <see addenda book page 64.> [HC 5:26] [HC 5:27] [HC 5:28] [HC 5:29] [HC 5:30] [HC 5:31]
<16> Thursday 16 <The following notice was published by <the Nauvoo Lodge>.>
“Notice to all whom it may Concern, Greeting Whereas , in the organization of the Nauvoo Lodge, under dispensation, palmed himself upon the fraternity as a Regular Mason, in good standing; and satisfactory testimony having been produced before said Lodge, that he, said , was an expelled Mason, we therefore publish to all the Masonic World the above facts, that he, the said , may not impose himself again upon the fraternity of Masons. All Editors who are friendly to the fraternity of free and accepted ancient York Masons will please insert the above. — Master of Nauvoo Lodge under dispensation”
<The British Forces captured the Chinese fortifications on the Yang-toe-Kiang river with 364 pieces of Artillery>
“What have the Mormons done in ? is a question which I have frequently asked of those who are busy with the tongue of Slander in calumniating the Latter Day Saints; but as yet I have found none who are willing to answer me honestly, or correctly. Perhaps many judge from rumor, not having investigated the matter for themselves. I have therefore thought it might be well to lay before the public some facts in relation to the case, believing that there is a respectable portion of community, who after having received correct information will frown with indignation upon the conduct of those who are endeavoring to raise a persecution against our people. In the first place we would say that where a crime is committed, there is a law broken, for if no law has been violated, there cannot have been a crime committed: if then, our people have broken the laws, is there not power in those laws to vindicate themselves, or to redress the wrongs of those who are injured? we say there is; neither would we cast any aspersion upon the characters of the administrators of the laws, as though they were not [p. 1340]