History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

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James Mulholland handwriting begins.  

Owing to the many reports which have been put in circulation  by evil disposed and designing persons in relation to the rise and progress of the  Church of <Jesus Christ of> Latter day Saints, all of which have been designed by the authors  thereof to militate against its character as a church, and its progress in the world;  I have been induced to write this history so as to disabuse the publick mind, and put  all enquirers after truth into possession of the facts as they have transpired in relation  both to myself and the Church as far as I have such facts in possession.
In this history I will present the various events in relation to this Church in truth  and righteousness as they have transpired, or as they at present exist, being now the  eighth year since the organization of said Church. I was born in the  year of our Lord, One thousand Eight hundred and five on the twenty third day of  December, in the town of Sharon, Windsor County, State of Vermont. <Note A see page 131> My father  Joseph Smith Senior <see Note E [C] page 2, adenda. My Father> left the State of Vermont and moved to Palmyra, Ontario,  (now Wayne) County, in the State of New York when I was in my tenth year. <or thereabouts.>
In about four years after my father’s arrival at Palmyra, he moved with his fa mily into Manchester in the same County of Ontario. His family consisting of eleven  souls, namely, My Father Joseph Smith, My Mother Lucy Smith whose name  previous to her marriage was Mack, daughter of Solomon Mack [Sr.], my brothers  Alvin (who is now dead <died Nov. 19th: 1823 in the 25 year of his age>) Hyrum, Myself, Samuel Harrison, William, Don  Carloss [Carlos], and my Sisters Soph[r]onia, Cathrine [Katharine] and Lucy. Sometime in  the second year after our removal to Manchester, there was in the place where  we lived an unusual excitement on the subject of religion. It commenced with  the Methodist, but soon became general among all the sects in that region of  country, indeed the whole district of Country seemed affected by it and great [p. [1]]
JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.