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

July of the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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15 July 1841 • Thursday

15. Thursday 15. Many of the Newspapers are publishing lies about me by the wholesale, should I attempt to enumerate them, I could write nothing else, suffice it to say every falsehood, wicked men can invent, assisted by their Father the Devil, is trumpeted to the world as sound doctrine; which proves the words of Jesus, “they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” I spent considerable part of the day with several of the Twelve Apostles

16 July 1841 • Friday

17 July 1841 • Saturday

17 Saturday 17
“Ratisbon on the Danube, July 17. 1841. Dear Brother Joseph, and all whom it may concern. With pleasure I take my pen to write to you at this time, hoping this communication may find you as it leaves me, in good health and enjoying a comfortable measure of the Holy Spirit. On the 20th. of June last, I left London for Rotterdam, in Holland, after writing a lengthy Epistle to you, and also the copy of a letter addressed to the Revd. Doct. Solomon Hirschell, President Rabbi of the Hebrews in London, which I hope you have received ere this. The work of the Lord is steadily advancing in London under the efficient and zealous labors of our worthy brother Elder Lorenzo Snow. The fine Steamer, “Batavier,” brought me safely over the billows of a tremendous rough sea in about 30 hours. Never did I suffer more from sea sickness than during this short voyage; but it was soon over, and we landed safely in Rotterdam. I took my lodgings at the London Hotel at two florins per diem, about three shillings and five pence sterling, or seventy five cents. Here I called on the Hebrew Rabbi, and proposed certain questions to him; but as he did not understand a word of English, it was hard for me to enter into particulars with him. I asked him, however, whether he expected his Messiah to come directly from Heaven, or whether he expected him to be born of a woman on earth. He replied that he expected him to be born of a woman, of the seed and lineage of David. At what period do you look for this event? Answer. “We have been looking a long time, and are now living in constant expectation of his coming.” Do you believe in the restitution of your nation to the land of your fathers, called the land of promise? “We hope it will be so,” was the reply. He then added, “We believe that many Jews will return to Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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and rebuild the City

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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— rear a Temple to the name of the Most High, and restore our ancient worship.” “Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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shall be the Capitol of our nation— the centre of our union, and the Standard and Ensign of our national existence. But we do not believe that all the Jews will go there, for the place is not large enough to contain them. They are now gathering there,” continued he, “almost continually.” [p. 1215]
<July> of the United States

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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15 July 1841 • Thursday

<15.> Thursday 15. Many of the Newspapers are publishing lies about me by the  wholesale, should I attempt to enumerate them, I could write nothing else, suffice it  to say every falsehood, wicked men can invent, assisted by their Father <the Devil,> is trumpeted  to the world as sound doctrine; which proves the words of Jesus, “they have persecuted  me, they will persecute you also.” <I spent considerable part of the day with several of the Twelve Apostles>

16 July 1841 • Friday

Friday 16 The “Edinburgh Observer” says that at Navalearners in Spain
about three o’clock in the afternoon of Saturday last, the heat began to be insupportable  and continued increasing until past four, when a horrible tempest arose, accompanied  by a shower of stones, which fell with great violence. The Country is now reduced  to one scene of desolation; nothing is to be heard but sighs and lamentations.  This shower lasted for two hours, at the expiration of which time the country  around was thickly covered, and had the appearance of being buried in snow.  All the vineyards and corn crops are destroyed, and the roofs of the houses beaten  in. The misery of the Inhabitants is beyond description, and the prospect  before them for the ensuing winter is disheartening.”

17 July 1841 • Saturday

<17> Saturday 17
“Ratisbon on the Danube, July 17. 1841. Dear Brother Joseph, and  all whom it may concern. With pleasure I take my pen to write to you at this  time, hoping this communication may find you as it leaves me, in good health and  enjoying a comfortable measure of the Holy Spirit. On the 20th. of June last, I left  London for Rotterdam, in Holland, after writing a lengthy Epistle to you, and also the  copy of a letter addressed to the Revd. Doct. S[olomon] Hirschell, President Rabbi of the Hebrews  in London, which I hope you have received ere this. The work of the Lord is steadily  advancing in London under the efficient and zealous labors of our worthy brother  Elder Lorenzo Snow. The fine Steamer, “Batavier,” brought me safely over the billows  of a tremendous rough sea in about 30 hours. Never did I suffer more from sea sickness  than during this short voyage; but it was soon over, and we landed safely in  Rotterdam. I took my lodgings at the London Hotel at two florins per diem,  about three shillings and five pence sterling, or seventy five cents. Here I called  on the Hebrew Rabbi, and proposed certain questions to him; but as he did  not understand a word of English, it was hard for me to enter into particulars  with him. I asked him, however, whether he expected his Messiah to come  directly from Heaven, or whether he expected him to be born of a woman on  earth. He replied that he expected him to be born of a woman, of the seed  and lineage of David. At what period do you look for this event? Answer.  “We have been looking a long time, and are now living in constant expectation  of his coming.” Do you believe in the restitution of your nation to the land  of your fathers, called the land of promise? “We hope it will be so,” was the reply.  He then added, “We believe that many Jews will return to Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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and  rebuild the City

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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— rear a Temple to the name of the Most High, and restore our  ancient worship.” “Jerusalem

Capital city of ancient Judea. Holy city of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Population in 1835 about 11,000; in 1840 about 13,000; and in 1850 about 15,000. Described in 1836 as “greatly reduced from its ancient size and importance.” Occupied and governed ...

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shall be the Capitol of our nation— the centre of  our union, and the Standard and Ensign of our national existence. But we  do not believe that all the Jews will go there, for the place is not large enough to  contain them. They are now gathering there,” continued he, “almost continually.” [p. 1215]
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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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