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> of May last— I there heard him say what has been published concerning the teachings of Joseph Smith, and of his own course. I afterwards met him in company with Col. , he then stated that he was going to be the Candidate, (meaning Candidate for the Legislature) and Joseph and were going in for him; said “you know it will be better for me not to be bothered with Mayor’s Office, Legion, Mormon, or any thing else.” During all this time if he was under duress, or fear, he must have had a good faculty for concealing it, for he was at liberty to go and come when and where he pleased, so far as I am capable of judging. I know that I saw him in different parts of the , even after he had made these statements, transacting business as usual, and said he was going to complete some business pertaining to the Mayor’s Office; and I think did attend to work on the Streets— I was always personally friendly with him, after I became acquainted with him. I never heard him say any thing derogatory to the character of Joseph Smith, until after he had been exposed by said Smith, on the public in . — July 22 A.D. 1842. Sworn to and subscribed before me a Justice of the Peace, in. and for the City of , in said County, this 22nd. day of July, 1842. L.S. J. P. and Alderman”
Esqre. is an old resident in this place; and not a Mormon.
See affidavits of and — Times and Seasons page 870 &c also certificates of and — Times and Seasons— page 874. [HC 5:71] [HC 5:72] [HC 5:73] [HC 5:74] [HC 5:75] [HC 5:76] [HC 5:77] [HC 5:78] [HC 5:79] [HC 5:80] [HC 5:81]
<24> Sunday 24 This <morning> at home sick— Attended meeting at the in the <afternoon> <afternoon> and spoke of ’s having returned with the good news that could not be able to accomplish his designs.
<27> Wednesday 27. Attended meeting at the and listened to the Electioneering Candidates, and spoke at the close of the meeting.
“ July 27. 1842— Dear Sir— Your communication of the 25th. instant together with the petitions of the Citizens of the City of , both male and female were delivered to me last evening by Brevet Major General , also a report of Esqre., Secretary of the Nauvoo Legion, of the proceedings of a Court Martial of Brevet Majors General, had upon charges preferred against Major General , upon which trial the court found the defendant guilty, and sentenced him to be Cashiered, all of which have been considered. In reply to your expressed apprehensions of “the possibility of an attack, upon the peaceable inhabitants of the City of and vicinity, through the intrigues and false representations of and others” and your request that I would issue official orders to you, to have the Nauvoo Legion in readiness, to be called out at a moments warning in defence of the peaceable Citizens &c I must say that I cannot conceive of the least probability or scarcely possibility, of an attack of violence upon the Citizens of from any quarter whatever— and as utterly impossible that such attack is contemplated by any [HC 5:82] sufficient number of persons to excite the least apprehension of danger of injury, and whilst I should consider [p. 1360]