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

December 16 Joseph’s letter in Liberty Jail not their consciences seared as with a hot iron. We confess that we are offended but the Savior said, it must needs be that offences come, but wo unto them by whom they come, and again blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake” Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you— Now dear brethren if any men ever had reason to claim this promise, we are the men, for we know that the world not only hates us, but they speak all manner of evil of us falsely, for no other reason than that we have been endeavoring to teach the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ— After we were bartered away by Hinkle

13 Nov. 1801–Nov. 1861. Merchant, physician, publisher, minister, farmer. Born in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. Son of Michael Hinkle and Nancy Higgins. Married first Sarah Ann Starkey. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri....

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and were taken into the Militia Camp, we had all the evidence we could have asked for that the world hated us— If there were Priests among them of all the different sects they hated us, and that most cordially too, If there were Generals they hated us, If there were Colonels they hated us, and the Soldiers and Officers of every kind hated us, and the most profane, blasphemous, and drunkards and whoremongers hated us— they all hated us most cordially. And now what did they hate us for? purely because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, Was it because we were liars? We know that it has been reported by some, but it has been reported falsely, Was it because we have committed treason against the Government? in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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, or of burglary, or of larceny, or of arson, or any other unlawful act in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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— We know that Priests, and certain Lawyers, and certain Judges, who are the instigators, aiders and abettors of a certain gang of murderers and robbers, who have been carrying on a scheme of mobocracy to uphold their Priestcraft against the Saints of the last days, for a number of years, and have tried by a well contemplated and premeditated scheme to put down by physical power a system of religion that all the world by their mutual—— attainments and by any fair means whatever were not able to resist. Hence Mobbers were encouraged by Priests and Levites, by the Pharisees, Saducees and Essenees and the Herodians, and the most worthless abandoned and debauched, lawless and inhuman and the most beastly set of men that the Earth can boast of— and indeed a parallell cannot be found any where else, to gather together to steal, to plunder, to starve and to exterminate and burn the houses of the Mormons— These are the characters that by their treasonable and avert acts have desolated and laid waste Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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. these are the characters that would fain make all the world believe that we are guilty of the above named acts— but they represent us falsely— We stood in our own defence and we believe that no man of us acted only in a just, a lawful and a righteous retaliation against such Marauders. We say unto you, that we have not committed treason nor any other unlawful act in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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— Was it for murder in Ray County

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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against Mob Militia who was a Wolf in the first instance, Hide and hair, teeth, legs, and tail, who afterwards put on a Militia Sheepskin with the wool on, who can sally forth in the day time into the flock and snarl [p. 870]
<December 16  Joseph’s letter in  Liberty Jail> not their consciences seared as with a hot iron. We confess that we are offended  but the Savior said, it must needs be that offences come, but wo unto them by  whom they come, and again blessed are ye when men shall revile you and  persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake”  Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven for so persecuted  they the prophets which were before you— Now dear brethren if any men ever  had reason to claim this promise, we are the men, for we know that the world not  only hates us, but they speak all manner of evil of us falsely, for no other reason than  that we have been endeavoring to teach the fullness <of the gospel> of Jesus Christ— After we were  bartered away by Hinkle

13 Nov. 1801–Nov. 1861. Merchant, physician, publisher, minister, farmer. Born in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. Son of Michael Hinkle and Nancy Higgins. Married first Sarah Ann Starkey. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri....

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and were taken into the Militia Camp, we had all  the evidence we could have asked for that the world hated us— If there were  Priests among them of all the different sects they hated us, and that most  cordially too, If there were Generals they hated us, If there were Colonels  they hated us, and the Soldiers and Officers of every kind hated us, and  the most profane, blasphemous, and drunkards and whoremongers hated us—  they all hated us most cordially. And now what did they hate us for?  purely because of the testimony of Jesus Christ, Was it because we were  liars? We know that it has been reported by some, but it has been reported  falsely, Was it because we have committed treason against the Government?  in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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, or of burglary, or of larceny, or of arson, or any other  unlawful act in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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— We know that Priests, and certain  Lawyers, and certain Judges, who are the instigators, aiders and abettors  of a certain gang of murderers and robbers, who have been carrying on  a scheme of mobocracy to uphold their Priestcraft against the Saints  of the last days, for a number of years, and have tried by a well  contemplated and premeditated scheme to put down by physical  power a system of religion that all the world by their mutual——  attainments and by any fair means whatever were not able to resist.  Hence Mobbers were encouraged by Priests and Levites, by the Pharisees,  Saducees and Essenees and the Herodians, and the most worthless  abandoned and debauched, lawless and inhuman and the most beastly  set of men that the Earth can boast of— and indeed a parallell cannot  be found any where else, to gather together to steal, to plunder, to starve  and to exterminate and burn the houses of the Mormons— These  are the characters that by their treasonable and avert acts have desolated  and laid waste Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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. these are the characters that would fain  make all the world believe that we are guilty of the above named acts—  but they represent us falsely— We stood in our own defence and we believe that  no man of us acted only in a just, a lawful and a righteous retaliation  against such Marauders. We say unto you, that we have not committed  treason nor any other unlawful act in Daviess County

Area in northwest Missouri settled by European Americans, 1830. Sparsely inhabited until 1838. Created from Ray Co., Dec. 1836, in attempt to resolve conflicts related to Mormon settlement in that region. County is transected diagonally from northwest to ...

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— Was it for murder  in Ray County

Located in northwestern Missouri. Area settled, 1815. Created from Howard Co., 1820. Initially included all state land north of Missouri River and west of Grand River. Population in 1830 about 2,700; in 1836 about 6,600; and in 1840 about 6,600. Latter-day...

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against Mob Militia who was a Wolf in the first instance,  Hide and hair, teeth, legs, and tail, who afterwards put on a Militia Sheepskin  with the wool on, who can sally forth in the day time into the flock and snarl [p. 870]
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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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