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History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

March 20 Letter of Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other Gods, before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his Eternal presence, and into his immortal rest, but I beg leave to say unto you Brethren that ignorance, superstition and bigotry placing itself where it ought not, is often times in the way of the prosperity of this Church like the torrent of rain from the mountains, that floods the most pure Chrystal Stream with mire, and dirt and filthiness, and obscures every thing that was clear before, and all hurls along in one general deluge but time weathers tide, and notwithstanding we are roled in for the time being by the Mire of the Flood, the next Surge peradventure, as time rolls on, may bring us to the fountain as clear as Chrystal, and as pure as Snow, while all the filthiness, flood wood and rubbish is left, and purged out by the way. How long can rolling waters remain impure, what power shall stay the heavens, as well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri River

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near Saint Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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in its decreed course or to turn it up Stream as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down Knowledge from Heaven upon the heads of the Latter Day Saints, what is Boggs

14 Dec. 1796–14 Mar. 1860. Bookkeeper, bank cashier, merchant, Indian agent and trader, lawyer, doctor, postmaster, politician. Born at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. Son of John M. Boggs and Martha Oliver. Served in War of 1812. Moved to St. Louis, ca...

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or his murderous party but Wimbling Willows upon the shore to catch the flood wood, as well might we argue that Water is not Water because the Mountain torrents, send down Mire and Riles the Chrystal Stream altho afterwards renders it more pure than before, Or that Fire is not Fire because it is of a quenchable nature by poring on the flood, as to say that our Cause is down because renegadoes, liars, priests, thieves and murderers, who are all alike tenacious of their crafts and creeds have poured down from their Spiritual wickedness in high places and from their strong holds of the devil a flood of dirt and mire, and filthiness and vomit upon our heads, no God forbid. hell may pour forth its rage like the burning lava of Mount Vesuvius or of Etna, or of the most terrible of the burning mountains, and yet shall Mormonism stand, Water Fire, truth and god are all the same, truth is Mormonism, God is the Author of it, he is our shield, it is by him we received our birth, it was by his voice that we were called to a dispensation of his Gospel in the beginning of the fullness of times, it was by him we received the Book of Mormon, and it was by him that we remain unto this day, and by him we shall remain, if it shall be for our glory and in his Almighty name we are determined to endure tribulation as— good Soldiers unto the end, but brethren we shall continue to offer further reflections in our next epistle, you will learn by the time you have read this, and if you do not learn it you may learn it, that Walls and Irons, doors and creaking hinges, and half scared to death Guards and Jailors, grinning like some damned Spirit, lest an innocent man should make his escape to bring to light the damnable deeds of a murderous mob is calculated in its very nature to make the soul of an honest man feel stronger than the powers of hell. But we must bring our epistle to a close We send our respects to Fathers, Mothers, Wives, and Children, [p. 905]
<March 20  Letter of Joseph Smith  in Liberty Jail> in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other Gods, before this world  was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every  man shall enter into his Eternal presence, and into his immortal rest, but  I beg leave to say unto you Brethren that ignorance, superstition and bigotry  placing itself where it ought not, is often times in the way of the prosperity  of this Church like the torrent of rain from the mountains, that floods the  most pure Chrystal Stream with mire, and dirt and filthiness, and  obscures every thing that was clear before, and all hurls along in one general  deluge but time weathers tide, and notwithstanding we are roled in for the  time being by the Mire of the Flood, the next Surge peradventure, as time  rolls on, may bring us to the fountain as clear as Chrystal, and as pure as  Snow, while all the filthiness, flood wood and rubbish is left, and purged  out by the way. How long can rolling waters remain impure, what  power shall stay the heavens, as well might man stretch forth his puny  arm to stop the Missouri River

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near Saint Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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in its decreed course or to turn it up Stream  as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down Knowledge from Heaven  upon the heads of the Latter Day Saints, what is Boggs

14 Dec. 1796–14 Mar. 1860. Bookkeeper, bank cashier, merchant, Indian agent and trader, lawyer, doctor, postmaster, politician. Born at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. Son of John M. Boggs and Martha Oliver. Served in War of 1812. Moved to St. Louis, ca...

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or his murderous  party but Wimbling Willows upon the shore to catch the flood wood, as  well might we argue that Water is not Water because the Mountain  torrents, send down Mire and Riles the Chrystal Stream altho afterwards  renders it more pure than before, Or that Fire is not Fire because it is  of a quenchable nature by poring on the flood, as to say that our Cause is  down because renegadoes, liars, priests, thieves and murderers, who are all alike  tenacious of their crafts and creeds have poured down from their Spiritual  wickedness in high places and from their strong holds of the devil a flood  of dirt and mire, and filthiness and vomit upon our heads, no God forbid.  hell may pour forth its rage like the burning lava of Mount Vesuvius or  of Etna, or of the most terrible of the burning mountains, and yet shall  Mormonism stand, Water Fire, truth and god are all the same, truth is  Mormonism, God is the Author of it, he is our shield, it is by him we  received our birth, it was by his voice that we were called to a dispensation  of his Gospel in the beginning of the fullness of times, it was by him we  received the Book of Mormon, and it was by him that we remain unto  this day, and by him we shall remain, if it shall be for our glory  and in his Almighty name we are determined to endure tribulation  as— good Soldiers unto the end, but brethren we shall continue to offer  further reflections in our next epistle, you will learn by the time you  have read this, and if you do not learn it you may learn it, that Walls  and Irons, doors and creaking hinges, and half scared to death Guards and  Jailors, grinning like some damned Spirit, lest an innocent man should  make his escape to bring to light the damnable deeds of a murderous mob  is calculated in its very nature to make the soul of an honest man  feel stronger than the powers of hell. But we must bring our epistle to a  close We send our respects to Fathers, Mothers, Wives, and Children, [p. 905]
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This document, volume C-1, is the third of six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over an eighteen-year span from 1838 to 1856 and covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 8 August 1844. The narrative in this volume commences on 2 November 1838 with JS and other church leaders being held prisoner by the “Governor

14 Dec. 1796–14 Mar. 1860. Bookkeeper, bank cashier, merchant, Indian agent and trader, lawyer, doctor, postmaster, politician. Born at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. Son of John M. Boggs and Martha Oliver. Served in War of 1812. Moved to St. Louis, ca...

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’s forces” 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, and concludes with the death of Bishop Vinson Knight

14 Mar. 1804–31 July 1842. Farmer, druggist, school warden. Born at Norwich, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Rudolphus Knight and Rispah (Rizpah) Lee. Married Martha McBride, 14 Mar. 1826. Moved to Perrysburg, Cattaraugus Co., New York, by Mar. 1834....

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at Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Illinois, on 31 July 1842. For a more complete discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to this history.
Volume C-1 was created beginning on or just after 24 February 1845 and its narrative completed on 3 May although work continued on the volume through 3 July of that year (Richards, Journal, 24 and 28 Feb. 1845; Historian’s Office, Journal, 3 May 1845; 3 and 4 July 1845). It is in the handwriting of Thomas Bullock and contains 512 pages of primary text, plus 24 pages of addenda. Additional addenda for this volume were created at a later date in a separate volume, and will appear in this collection as a separate document. Compilers 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 drew heavily from JS’s letters, discourses, and diary entries; meeting minutes; church and other periodicals and journals; and reminiscences, recollections, and letters of church members and other contacts. At JS’s behest, they had maintained the first-person, chronological-narrative format established in previous volumes, as if JS were the author. 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 reviewed and modified the manuscript prior to its eventual publication in the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News.
The historical narrative recorded in volume C-1 continued the account of JS’s life as prophet and president of the church. Critical events occurring within the forty-five-month period of this volume include the 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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Mormon War; subsequent legal trials of church leaders; expulsion of the Saints from Missouri; missionary efforts in England by the Twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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and others; attempts by JS to obtain federal redress for the Missouri depredations; publication of the LDS Millennial Star in England; the migration of English converts to America; missionary efforts in other nations; the death of church patriarch Joseph Smith Sr.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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; the establishment of the Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo temple

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

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; the Wisconsin “pinery”

Also known as pinery. Area near Black River where lumbering operation was established to provide timber for construction of Nauvoo temple, Nauvoo House, and other public buildings. Four mills established on Black River, ca. Sept. 1841: three near Black River...

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expedition that facilitated temple construction; the introduction of the doctrine of proxy baptism for deceased persons; the dedicatory prayer by 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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on the Mount of Olives in Palestine; publication of the “Book of Abraham” in the Nauvoo Times and Seasons; publication of the JS history often referred to as the “Wentworth letter;” the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo; and the inception of Nauvoo-era temple endowment ceremonies.

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