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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

invited to seat themselves at the table by pairs, male & female, Dcember 13. commencing with the eldest. The interview was conducted with propriety and decorum, and cheerfulness prevailed. After spending the evening agreeably until 9 o clock we pronounced A blessing upon the company, and returned home. This day the board kiln

Used to dry wood for building projects, principally for temple in Kirtland. Possibly located near Mormon sawmill, as dried wood was finished at mill; JS’s scribe Warren Parrish wrote that kiln was near temple. Caught fire several times, 1835–1836. Size unknown...

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took fire again.

14 December 1835 • Monday

14. Monday 14th. a number of brethren from New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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called to visit me and see the Egyptian Records, also Elder Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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returned from Palmyra

First permanent white settlers arrived, ca. 1789. Included village of Palmyra. Erie Canal opened, 1825, in southern portion of township. Population in 1810 about 2,200. Population in 1830 about 3,400. Home of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family, beginning...

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N.Y. and Bro Francis Frazier Eaton

23 Jan. 1780–after 1855. Sexton. Born at Goffstown, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire. Son of Enoch Eaton and Esther Williams. Married Lucinda Metcalf, by 1800. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Aug. 1800. Moved to Bridgewater, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania...

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of the same pleac called: and Sister Harriet Howe

Ca. 1796–1856. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Daughter of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Sister of Eber D. Howe. Resided near Queenstown, Lincoln Co., Niagara District (later in Queenston, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario), ...

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called to visit us. After dinner attended the funeral of Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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’s youngest child; and in the evening met according to previous notice to make arrangements to guard against fire, and organize a company for this purpose; also counselled on other affairs of a temporal nature. Samuel Barnum Brannan

2 Mar. 1819–5 May 1889. Printer, editor, publisher, miner, businessman, land developer. Born at Saco, York Co., Maine. Son of Thomas Brannan and Sarah Emery. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Baptized into LDS church, 1833, in Kirtland. Printer’s...

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came to my house, much afflicted with a swollen arm, as he had not sufficient faith to be healed. My wife

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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applied a poultice of herbs and he tarried over night. Spent the day at home reading Hebrew, and visiting friends who called to see me.

15 December 1835 • Tuesday

15 Tuesday 15th. at home and, as usual, was blessed with much company. Samuel Barnum Brannan

2 Mar. 1819–5 May 1889. Printer, editor, publisher, miner, businessman, land developer. Born at Saco, York Co., Maine. Son of Thomas Brannan and Sarah Emery. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Baptized into LDS church, 1833, in Kirtland. Printer’s...

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is very sick, his arm much inflamed. This afternoon Elder Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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handed me a letter. the purport of which was, that he is dissatisfied with the committee in their dealings with him in temporal affairs, that is that they do not deal as liberally with him as they do with Elder William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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, also requested me to reconcile the Revelation given to the Twelve since their return from the east. That unless these things and others named in the letter, could be reconciled to his mind, his honor would not stand united with them. This I beleive is the amount of the contents of the letter although much was written. My feelings on this occasion were much lacerated, knowing that I had dealt in righteousness with him, in all things, & endeavored to promote his happiness and well being as much as lay in my power, and I feel that these reflections are ungrateful and founded in jealousy, and that the adversary is striving with all his subtle devices and influence to destroy him, by causing a division among the twelve that God has chosen to open the gospel Kingdom in all nations; but I pray my heavenly Father in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, that he may be delivered from the power of the destroyer, that his faith fail not in this hour of temptation, and prepare him and all the elders to receive an endowment in thy house, even according to thine own order, from time to time, as thou see’st them worthy to be called into thy solemn Assembly.

16 December 1835 • Wednesday

16 Wednesday Morning 16th. weather extremely cold, I went to the council room to lay before the presidency the letter that I received yesterday from Elder Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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; But when I arrived, I found that I had lost said letter, but I laid the substance of it, as far as [p. 663]
invited to seat themselves at the table by pairs, male & female,  <Dcember 13.> commencing with the eldest. The interview was conducted with  propriety and decorum, and cheerfulness prevailed. After  spending the evening agreeably until 9 o clock we pronounced  A blessing upon the company, and returned home. This  day the board kiln

Used to dry wood for building projects, principally for temple in Kirtland. Possibly located near Mormon sawmill, as dried wood was finished at mill; JS’s scribe Warren Parrish wrote that kiln was near temple. Caught fire several times, 1835–1836. Size unknown...

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took fire again.

14 December 1835 • Monday

<14.> Monday 14th. a number of brethren from New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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called  to visit me and see the Egyptian Records, also Elder [Martin] Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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returned  from Palmyra

First permanent white settlers arrived, ca. 1789. Included village of Palmyra. Erie Canal opened, 1825, in southern portion of township. Population in 1810 about 2,200. Population in 1830 about 3,400. Home of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family, beginning...

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N.Y. and Bro Francis [Frazier] Eaton

23 Jan. 1780–after 1855. Sexton. Born at Goffstown, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire. Son of Enoch Eaton and Esther Williams. Married Lucinda Metcalf, by 1800. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Aug. 1800. Moved to Bridgewater, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania...

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of the same pleac called: and  Sister Harriet Howe

Ca. 1796–1856. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Daughter of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Sister of Eber D. Howe. Resided near Queenstown, Lincoln Co., Niagara District (later in Queenston, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario), ...

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called to visit us. After dinner attended the  funeral of Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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’s youngest child; and in the evening  met according to previous notice to make arrangements to guard  against fire, and organize a company for this purpose; also  counselled on other affairs of a temporal nature. Samuel Barnum [Brannan]

2 Mar. 1819–5 May 1889. Printer, editor, publisher, miner, businessman, land developer. Born at Saco, York Co., Maine. Son of Thomas Brannan and Sarah Emery. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Baptized into LDS church, 1833, in Kirtland. Printer’s...

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 came to my house, much afflicted with a swollen arm, as he had  not sufficient faith to be healed. My wife

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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applied a poultice of herbs  and he tarried over night. Spent the day at home reading  Hebrew, and visiting friends who called to see me.

15 December 1835 • Tuesday

<15> Tuesday 15th. at home and, as usual, was blessed with much  company. Samuel Barnum [Brannan]

2 Mar. 1819–5 May 1889. Printer, editor, publisher, miner, businessman, land developer. Born at Saco, York Co., Maine. Son of Thomas Brannan and Sarah Emery. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Baptized into LDS church, 1833, in Kirtland. Printer’s...

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is very sick, his arm much inflamed.  This afternoon Elder Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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handed me a letter. the purport of  which was, that he is dissatisfied with the committee in their deal ings with him in temporal affairs, that is that they do not  deal as liberally with him as they do with Elder William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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,  also requested me to reconcile the Revelation given to the Twelve  since their return from the east. That unless these things and oth ers named in the letter, could be reconciled to his mind, his  honor would not stand united with them. This I beleive is  the amount of the contents of the letter although much was writ ten. My feelings on this occasion were much lacerated, knowing  that I had dealt in righteousness with him, in all things, &  endeavored to promote his happiness and well being as much  as lay in my power, and I feel that these reflections are ungrate ful and founded in jealousy, and that the adversary is  striving with all his subtle devices and influence to de stroy him, by causing a division among the twelve that  God has chosen to open the gospel Kingdom in all nations ; but I pray my heavenly Father in the name of Jesus of  Nazareth, that he may be delivered from the power of the  destroyer, that his faith fail not in this hour of temptation,  and prepare him and all the elders to receive an endow ment in thy house, even according to thine own order,  from time to time, as thou see’st them worthy to be called  into thy solemn Assembly.

16 December 1835 • Wednesday

<16> Wednesday Morning 16th. weather extremely cold, I went to the  council room to lay before the presidency the letter that I received  yesterday from Elder O[rson] Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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; But when I arrived, I found that  I had lost said letter, but I laid the substance of it, as far as [p. 663]
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This document, volume B-1, is the second of the six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over the span of seventeen years, 1838 to 1856. The narrative in volume B-1 begins with the entry for 1 September 1834, just after the conclusion of the Camp of Israel (later called Zion’s Camp), and continues to 2 November 1838, when JS was interned as a prisoner of war at Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, Missouri. For a fuller discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to the history.
Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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, serving as JS’s “private secretary and historian,” completed the account of JS’s history contained in volume A-1 in August 1843. It covered the period from JS’s birth in 1805 through the aftermath of the Camp of Israel in August 1834. When work resumed on the history on 1 October 1843, Richards started a new volume, eventually designated B-1.
At the time of JS’s death in June 1844, the account had been advanced to 5 August 1838, on page 812 of volume B-1. Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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’s poor health led to the curtailment of work on B-1 for several months, until 11 December 1844. On that date, Richards and William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, assisted by Thomas Bullock, resumed gathering the records and reports needed to draft the history. Richards then composed and drafted roughed-out notes while Thomas Bullock compiled the text of the history and inscribed it in B-1. They completed their work on the volume on or about 24 February 1845. Richards, Willmer Benson, and Jonathan Grimshaw later added ten pages of “Addenda,” which provided notes, extensive revisions, or additional text to be inserted in the original manuscript where indicated.
Though JS did not dictate or revise any of the text recorded in B-1, Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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and Thomas Bullock chose to maintain the first-person, chronological narrative format established in A-1 as if JS were the author. They drew from a variety of primary and secondary sources including JS’s diaries and letters, minutes of meetings, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, church and other periodicals, reports of JS’s discourses, and the reminiscences and recollections of church members. As was the case with A-1, after JS’s death, Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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, Heber C. Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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, and others modified and corrected the manuscript as they reviewed material before its eventual publication.
Beginning in March 1842 the church’s Nauvoo periodical, the Times and Seasons, began publishing the narrative as the “History of Joseph Smith.” It was also published in England in the church periodical the Millennial Star beginning in June 1842. Once a press was established in Utah and the Deseret News began publication, the “History of Joseph Smith” once more appeared in print in serialized form. Beginning with the November 1851 issue, the narrative picked up where the Times and Seasons had left off over five years earlier.
The narrative recorded in B-1 continued the story of JS’s life as the prophet and president of the church he labored to establish. The account encompasses significant developments in the church’s two centers at that time—Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, and northwest Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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—during a four-year-span. Critical events included the organization of the Quorums of the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy, the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, the establishment of the Kirtland Safety Society, dissension and apostasy in Kirtland and Missouri, the first mission to England, JS’s flight from Kirtland to Missouri in the winter of 1838, the Saints’ exodus from Kirtland later that year, the disciplining of the Missouri presidency, and the outbreak of the Missouri War and arrest of JS. Thus, B-1 provides substantial detail regarding a significant period of church expansion and transition as well as travail.

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