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

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

<October 12> and 1 deacon, the whole of who<m> had received the fulness of the Everlasting  Gospel and been baptized in less than seven months, in that part of the  vineyard which he first opened in the month of March, and the work is still  progressing very rapidly throughout that region, and among the number baptized  there has not been much less than one hundred preachers of — — — various <sects>.  [blank] He also attended the Conference <in> the Staffordshire Potteries, which met  at Hanley on the 28th. of September, and heard represented 231 members 9 elders  32 priests, 9 teachers, and 9 deacons, most of who<m> received the work, since our  arrival there, last winter and spring; while he was attending these Conferences,  Elders [Heber C.] Kimball, and George A. Smith continued their labors in <London> until  the first of October at which time we met together again in Staffordshire and  enjoyed each others company while journeying together to Manchester, — — — — —  <where> the Quorum of the travelling High Council, with many Elders and Saints  had the privilege of once more sitting in a general Conference together on the  6th. of October in the Carpenters Hall — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — <where> we heard  represented 3626 Saints and 383 Official members. At the July Conference there  were— 2513 Saints and 256 Official members— making an increase in three  months of 1113 Saints and 127 Official members, besides over 200 Saints  including many Elders, Priests Teachers and Deacons who have emigrated  to America which would make over 1300 additions to the Churches in Europe  during the last three months, and over 2000 since our Conference held in  Preston on the 15th. April which representation at that time was 1671 Saints  and 132 Official Members. Thus you see the Lord hath given us an increase  and blessed the labors of the Servants of God universally in this land, for  which we feel thankful, and our constant prayer to God is that his kingdom  may roll forth, that the messengers bearing the everlasting gospel may be  diligent, meek and humble, not weary in well doing but waiting with  patience for their reward, which lies at the end of the race, that their joy  may be Full H<eber> C. KimballW<ilford> WoodruffG<eo:> A. Smith.”
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17 October 1840 • Saturday

<17> Saturday 17 A Conference was held at Philadelphia, Elder Orson Hyde  presiding, 896 Members were represented, including 24 Elders, 11 Priests, 6 Teachers,  5 Deacons in Pennsylvania — — — — — — New York City, New Jersey and vicinity—

19 October 1840 • Monday

<19> Monday
Nauvoo Hancock Co. Ill. Octr. 19. 1840. To the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio,  Dearly beloved brethren in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ. We take this  opportunity of informing you that we yet remember the Saints scattered abroad in the  regions of Kirtland, and feel interested in their welfare as well as in that of the Saints  at large. We have beheld with feelings peculiar to ourselves the situation of things  in Kirtland and the numerous difficulties to which the Saints have been subjected, by [p. 1113]
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’s forces” at Far West, Missouri, and concludes with the death of Bishop Vinson Knight at Nauvoo, 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 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, Heber C. Kimball, George A. Smith, 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 Mormon War; subsequent legal trials of church leaders; expulsion of the Saints from Missouri; missionary efforts in England by the Twelve 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.; the establishment of the Nauvoo city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo temple; the Wisconsin “pinery” expedition that facilitated temple construction; the introduction of the doctrine of proxy baptism for deceased persons; the dedicatory prayer by Orson Hyde 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.