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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

councillors were then asked whether they accepted their appointments, and whether they would act in that office according to the law of heaven: to which they all answered, that they accepted their appointments, and would fill their offices according to the grace of God bestowed upon them.
3 The number composing the council, who voted in the name and for the church in appointing the above named councillors, were forty-three, as follows: nine high priests, seventeen elders, four priests, and thirteen members.
4 Voted, that the high council cannot have power to act without seven of the above named councillors, or their regularly appointed successors are present. These seven shall have power to appoint other high priests, whom they may consider worthy and capable, to act in the place of absent councillors.
5 Voted, that whenever any vacancy shall occur by the death, removal from office for transgression, or removal from the bounds of this church government, of any one of the above named councillors, it shall be filled by the nomination of the president or presidents, and sanctioned by the voice of a general council of high priests, convened for that purpose, to act in the name of the church.
6 The president of the church, who is also the president of the council, is appointed by revelation, and acknowledged, in his administration, by the voice of the church; and it is according to the dignity of his office, that he should preside over the council of the church; [p. 124]
councillors were then asked whether they ac cepted their appointments, and whether they  would act in that office according to the law  of heaven: to which they all answered, that  they accepted their appointments, and would  fill their offices according to the grace of God  bestowed upon them.
3 The number composing the council, who  voted in the name and for the church in ap pointing the above named councillors, were  forty-three, as follows: nine high priests,  seventeen elders, four priests, and thirteen  members.
4 Voted, that the high council cannot have  power to act without seven of the above named  councillors, or their regularly appointed suc cessors are present. These seven shall have  power to appoint other high priests, whom  they may consider worthy and capable, to act  in the place of absent councillors.
5 Voted, that whenever any vacancy shall  occur by the death, removal from office for  transgression, or removal from the bounds of  this church government, of any one of the  above named councillors, it shall be filled by  the nomination of the president or presidents,  and sanctioned by the voice of a general coun cil of high priests, convened for that purpose,  to act in the name of the church.
6 The president of the church, who is also  the president of the council, is appointed by  revelation, and acknowledged, in his adminis tration, by the voice of the church; and it is  according to the dignity of his office, that he  should preside over the council of the church; [p. 124]
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The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. By Joseph Smith, President of Said Church. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844; 3–448; includes typeset signature marks and copyright notice. The copy presented herein is held at CHL; includes marginalia and archival markings.
All but the final gathering of this book was printed in octodecimo format on thirteen sheets that were cut and folded into thirteen gatherings of eighteen leaves (thirty-six pages) each. The final gathering comprises eight leaves (sixteen pages). The text block measures 5⅞ × 3⅝ inches (15 × 9 cm).
The copy of the book presented herein is in a presentation binding of red sheepskin with gilt edges. The volume measures 6 × 3⅞ × 1 inches (15 × 10 × 3 cm). The spine is stamped with gilt ornamental panels and “Doctrine | and | Covenants” and “J. Glenn.” in gilt. The front and back pastedowns, the front flyleaf, and the back flyleaf are single-sided marbled leaves featuring a shell pattern with brown body and veins of red and white. In this copy, the first leaf of the first gathering, which is blank in other extant copies, is missing. The verso of the front flyleaf has two inscriptions, the first in graphite and the second in ink: “RN 69025 | Vault | Book Area | M223.1 | D632 | 1844” and “Jane Glenn | from her friend | Leonora Taylor | Nauvoo Oct 27th | 1844”. The handwriting of the first inscription is unknown; Leonora Taylor inscribed the second.
As the aforementioned ink inscription indicates, Leonora Taylor, wife of early church leader and printer John Taylor

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, presented this book to Jane Glenn. The book came into the possession of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints circa 1983.

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