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 .
<January 1.> Monday 1. A cold, blustering rain storm ushers <ushered> in the New Year.
At sunrise, Thomas Miller, James Leach, James Bridges and John Frodsham were brought before me by the police, charged with disorderly conduct— fined Miller $5.00, the others were discharged.
Made copies of five affidavits and Wrote a letter to enclosing them.
Dec 30. 1843
Sir, I forward to your a number of affidavits relative to the late kidnapping of the Avery’s and upon other matters. when the mob made efforts to resist the laws. Joseph Smith as Mayor gave notice to to hold a portion of the Nauvoo Legion in readiness, and Esq. called for some troops to maintain the laws but I am happy to say, none were ordered to march as it was deemed most advisable to
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A large party took a new year’s supper at my house, and had music and dancing till morning. I was in my private room with my family, Elder and other friends.
<2.> Tuesday 2. 2 p. m. was brought before Mayor’s court for disorderly conduct in resisting and abusing the police; fined $25.00 and costs. His son Lysander Dayton for <the> same offence was sentenced to 10 day’s hard labor, and subsequently for contempt of court, 10 days more, on the public streets.
Snow one inch deep.
I here insert ’s answer to my letter of inquiry dated Novr. 4th. 1843:—
“Fort Hill, 2nd. Decr. 1843
Sir,— you ask me what would be my rule of action, relative to the Mor[HC 6:155]mons, or Latter day Saints, should I be elected President; to which I answer, that if I should be elected, I would strive to administer the government according to the constitution and the laws of the Union; and that as [p. 1845]