Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

for verily I say unto you, my law shall be kept  on this land.
5 Let no man think he is ruler, but let God  rule him that judgeth, according to the council  of his own will: or in other words, him that  councilleth, or sitteth upon the judgment seat.  Let no man break the laws of the land, for he  that keepeth the laws of God, hath no need to  break the laws of the land: wherefore be sub ject to the powers that be, until He reigns  whose right it is to reign, and subdues all en emies under his feet. Behold the laws which  ye have received from my hand, are the laws  of the church; and in this light ye shall hold  them forth. Behold here is wisdom.
6 And now as I spake concerning my ser vant Edward Partridge: this land is the land  of his residence, and those whom he has ap pointed for his councillors. And also the  land of the residence of him whom I have ap pointed to keep my store-house: wherefore  let them bring their families to this land, as  they shall council between themselves and  me: for behold it is not meet that I should  command in all things, for he that is compel led in all things, the same is a slothful and not  a wise servant: wherefore he receiveth no re ward. Verily I say, men should be anxiously  engaged in a good cause, and do many things  of their own free will, and bring to pass much  righteousness: for the power is in them, where in they are agents unto themselves. And in asmuch as men do good they shall in nowise  lose their reward. But he that doeth not any  thing until he is commanded, and receiveth a [p. 196]
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, 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.