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.
a large company talking about the things which they had heard in the afternoon, and they wished him to speak to them again; he did so, when several persons invited him home with them; while was preaching, several persons came to brothers and to converse on doctrine, when Mr. Conner offered himself for baptism. see page 1091.
<September 14. 1840> He was born on the 12th day of July 1771 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts; he was the second of <the> seven sons of and Mary Smith. was born in Topsfield <by > March 7th. 1744; he was the youngest son of Samuel and Priscilla Smith. Samuel was born Jany 26th. 1714, in Topsfield; he was the eldest son of <Samuel and Rebecca Smith. Samuel was born in Topsfield Jany. 26th. 1666 and was the son of> Robert and Mary Smith who emigrated from Old England.
My father removed with his father to Tunbridge, Orange County Vermont in 1791, and assisted in clearing a large farm of a heavy growth of Timber. He married , daughter of and Lucy <Lydia> Mack on the 24th of Jany. 1796 by whom he had
born Feby. 11th 1798
died Novr. 19th. 1824
" Feby. 9th. 1800
" May 16th. 1803
" Decr. 23rd. 1805
" Mch 13th 1808
" Mch 13th 1810
died March 24th 1810
" Mch 13th 1811
" July 28th. 1812
" Mch 25th. 1816
" July 18th. 1824
At his marriage he owned a handsome farm in Tunbridge: in 1802 he rented it and engaged in mercantile business, and soon after embarked in a venture of Ginseng to send to China, and was swindled out of the entire proceeds by the ship-master and agent; he was consequently obliged to sell his farm and all of his effects to pay his debts. About the year 1818 he removed to , Wayne County New York bought a farm and cleared 200 acres which he lost in consequence of not being able to pay the last installment of the purchase money at the time it was due. This was the case with a great number of farmers in who had cleared land under similar contracts. He afterwards moved to , Ontario County, New York, procured a comfortable home with 16 acres of land where he lived until he removed to Ohio. He was the first person who received my testimony after I had seen the angel, and exhorted me to be faithful and diligent to the message I had received. He was baptized April 6th 1830. In August 1830 in company with my brother , he took a mission to New York, touching on his route at several of the Canadian Ports where he distributed a few copies of the Book of Mormon, visited his father, brothers and sister residing in , bore testimony to the truth which resulted eventually in all the family coming into the Church excepting his brother Jesse and sister Susan. He removed with his family to in 1831; was ordained Patriarch and President of the High Priesthood, under the hands of , , and myself on the 18th of Decr. 1833: was a member of the First High Council organized on the 17th of Feby. 1834 (when he conferred on me and my brother a father’s blessing). In 1836 he travelled in company [p. 20 [addenda]]