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 10> —— They also raised objections against the process issued by for the apprehension of Cook, because it was made returnable to him alone; whereas they said the Statute required it to be made returnable before himself or some other Justice. I explained to them the nature and reason of the ordinance; that it was to prevent kidnapping under the pretence of law or process, and to facilitate the apprehension of thieves &c. in this by throwing all foreign processes into the hands of the Marshall, who would be most likely to know the hiding places of fugitives from justice, who might secrete themselves in our ; and said that if any wrong impression had gone abroad with regard to the motives of the Council in passing said ordinance I would call the Council immediately that they might have the opportunity of giving any explanation necessary, so that the public might understand the ordinance in its true light, I have therefore called the Council accordingly. I also referred the lawyers from to the Statute which requires all processes issued in cases of bastardy to be returnable alone to the justice issuing the same, which they doubted until I shewed them the law; when they looked a little crest fallen, and foolish’
After deliberation, an addition section relative to the foregoing ordinance was read three times, and passed, by way of amendment.
‘Section 3. Be it ordained by the city Council of the city of , that nothing in the foregoing ordinance shall be so construed as to prevent; hinder or thwart the designs of justice, or to retard the civil officers of the or in the discharge of their official duties, but to aid and assist them within the limits of this .
Joseph Smith Mayor.’
Passed January 10th. 1844
Wrote a letter to Esqr. Backman to inform him of what the City Council had done.
I received a long equivocating letter from , charging me with having slandered his character, and demanding a public trial before the Church. It contains no denial of the charges which he accuses me of having spoken against him; but is full of bombast. [HC 6:174]
A Conference was held in Brownstown, Main [Wayne] County, Michigan, Elder Mephiboseth Sirrine President and Gehiel [Jahiel] Savage Clerk. Nine branches were represented, containing 6 Elders, 9 Priests, 7 Teachers, 1 Deacon, 136 Members and 45 scattered members. One hundred members having removed from that to [p. 1860]