JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. E-1, created 20 Aug. 1855–5 Apr. 1856; handwriting of Robert L. Campbell, , and Jonathan Grimshaw; 392 pages, plus 11 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the fifth volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This fifth volume covers the period from 1 July 1843 to 30 Apr. 1844; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, C-1, D-1, and F-1, continue through 8 Aug. 1844.
History, 1838–1856, volume E-1, constitutes the fifth of six volumes documenting the life of Joseph Smith and the early years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The series is also known as the Manuscript History of the Church and was originally published serially from 1842 to 1846 and 1851 to 1858 as the “History of Joseph Smith” in the Times and Seasons and Deseret News. This volume contains JS’s history from 1 July 1843 to 30 April 1844, and it was compiled in Utah Territory in the mid-1850s.
The material recorded in volume E-1 was initially compiled under the direction of church historian , who was JS’s cousin. Smith collaborated with in collecting material for the history and creating a set of draft notes that Smith dictated to Bullock and other clerks.
Robert L. Campbell, a recently returned missionary and member of the Historian’s Office staff, transcribed ’s notes into the volume along with the text of designated documents (such as letters and meeting minutes). The Church Historian’s Office journal entry for 2 May 1855 pinpoints the beginning of his work: “R. L. C. on Book D forenoon, afternoon began book E.” Campbell’s work on the volume apparently concluded on 5 April 1856; entries in the Historian’s Office journal indicate that he then moved on to other assignments while another clerk, Jonathan Grimshaw, began work on volume F-1, the last manuscript in the series. (Historian’s Office, Journal, 2 May 1855; 5 and 9 Apr. 1856.)
Volume E-1 contains 391 pages of primary text and 11 pages of addenda. The initial entry on page 1637 is a continuation of the 1 July 1843 entry that closed volume D-1. The final entry in volume E-1 is for 30 April 1844.
The 391 pages of volume E-1 document a crucial period of JS’s life and the history of the church. Important events recorded here include
• An account of JS’s 2 July 1843 meeting with several Pottawatamie chiefs.
• JS’s 4 July 1843 address regarding his recent arrest, the Legion, and Mormon voting practices.
• JS’s 12 July 1843 dictation of a revelation regarding eternal marriage, including the plurality of wives, in the presence of and .
• Dispatch of the first missionaries to the Pacific Islands on 20 September 1843, led by .
• JS’s 1 October 1843 announcement of ’s appointment to a mission to Russia.
• Minutes of a 6–9 October 1843 general conference inserted under the date of 9 October at which pled his case in regard to his 13 August 1843 disfellowshipment and was permitted to continue as counselor in the First Presidency.
• Text of JS’s appeal to the Green Mountain Boys of , inserted under the date of 29 November 1843.
• A 20 January 1844 entry that includes a poem by commemorating the presentation of two copies of the Book of Mormon to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by .
• JS’s nomination on 29 January 1844 as an independent candidate for the presidency of the .
<December 9> on the subject of the organization of the Legion, he being of the opinion that said Legion was disconnected from the military communities of the whole , and in no way subject to the regular military officers, professing an exexemption, even from subjection to the general military laws, with a law making power vested in their own Legion.
After some pertinent remarks by , General Joseph Smith briefly addressed the meeting; he dissented entirely from the opinion of the , and observed that it was stated in the charter that the Legion was a part of the militia of , and that his commission declared that he (General Smith) was the Lieutenant General of the Legion, and of the Militia of the State of , and as such, it was not only his duty to enforce the city ordinances, but the laws of the when called on by the Governor. He also stated that he had been informed that the of had it in [HC 6:107] contemplation to make another requisition on the of for him. (Joseph Smith.)
The meeting then adjourned sine die.
Received the following
“ Legion City Dec 9th. 1843 Lieut. Genl. Joseph Smith. In consequence of the orders I received from you
“To hold in readiness a sufficient portion of the Legion &c.” To make said forces efficient it will be necessary to supply them with munitions of war, which of course must be done at the expense of the , you will therefore please to give orders to the commandments of cohorts on their application to you on the city Treasury for whatever amount you may think proper on the present occasion
most Respectfully your obedt. Servt. , Major Genl. N. L.”
A prayer meeting <held this> evening in the Assembly Room I was not present. presided; several sick person were prayed for.
By letter from J. White, deputy Sheriff of Clark County, Missouri, I learn that Mr. is in Marion County prison, without trial the Sheriff requests several men to go there as Witnesses, it is evidently a trap to get some more of our people into their power, when I was in prison in , my Witnesses were arrested before they got into Court to testify, except one, who was kicked out of the court by an officer Lieutt. Cook who dam’d him and ordered some of his company to shoot him, after which the turned to me tauntingly saying “why the hell don’t you bring on your Witnesses” and laughed at my discomfiture. The Saints have had enough of mob justice. [HC 6:108]