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.
<July 22> we have done wrong, we appeal to the Laws of this — Having heard a report that your had called upon several companies of Militia to prepare themselves and be in readiness, in case of emergency, we would further ask of your , that if the or should be in danger, that the Nauvoo Legion may have the privilege of shewing their loyalty in the defence thereof. We have the fullest confidence in the honor, justice, and integrity of your , and feel confidence that we have only to present our case before you to ensure protection believing that the cries of so many peaceable and patriotic citizens will not be disregarded by your . We therefore ask you, as the Chief Magistrate of this , to grant us our request’s, and we as in duty bound, will ever pray.” Signed by the , and — — — City Council,
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This forenoon I attended a general meeting of the Citizens at the Esqre. Presiding— The object of the meeting was to correct the public mind relative to false reports, put in circulation by and others, and General presented the following Resolution “Resolved— That having heard that was circulating many base falsehoods respecting a number of the Citizens of , and especially against our worthy and respected Mayor, Joseph Smith, we do hereby manifest to the world that so far as we are acquainted with Joseph Smith, we know him to be a good, moral, virtuous, peaceable and patriotic man, and a firm supporter of law, justice, and equal rights; that he at all times upholds and keeps inviolate the Constitution of this , and of the ” which resolution was adopted by the numerous assembly. The assembly came together in the <afternoon> <afternoon> and [HC 5:70] about 800 signed the foregoing petition presented by the City Council to . The “Ladies Relief Society” also drew up a petition signed by about one thousand Ladies speaking in the highest terms of the virtue, philanthrophy; and benevolence of Joseph Smith; begging that he might not be injured, and that they and their families might have the privilege of enjoying their peaceable rights. A Petition was also drawn up by many Citizens in, and near , who were not Mormons, setting forth the same things—
“State of Illinois— County of . I hereby certify that on the 17th. day of May last subscribed and swore to the Affidavit over my signature of that date, and published in the Wasp, after writing the same in my presence, in the office where I was employed in taking depositions of witnesses. The door of the room was open and free for all or any person to pass or repass. After signing and being qualified to the affidavit aforesaid, he requested to speak with me at the door; I followed him out— he told me some persons had been lying about him and showed me a writing granting him the privilege to withdraw from the Church, and remarked that the matter was perfectly understood between him and the heads of the Church; and that he had resigned the Mayors Office, and should resign the office he held in the Legion; but as there was a Court Martial to be held in a few days, Joseph Smith desired that he would wait until that was over. I was in the City Council on the 19th. day [p. 1359]