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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

the hands of the bishop, to purchase lands for  an inheritance for the children of God, of him self or the agent, as seemeth him good, or as  he shall direct. For behold, verily I say unto  you, the Lord willeth that the disciples, and  the children of men, should open their hearts  even to purchase this whole region of country,  as soon as time will permit. Behold here is  wisdom; let them do this lest they receive none  inheritance, save it be by the shedding of  blood.
12 And again, inasmuch as there is land ob tained, let there be workmen sent forth, of all  kinds unto this land, to labor for the saints of God.  Let all these things be done in order. And let  the privileges of the lands be made known from  time to time, by the bishop, or the agent of  the church. And let the work of the gather ing be not in haste, nor by flight, but let it be  done as it shall be counselled by the elders of  the church at the conferences, according to  the knowledge which they receive from time  to time.
13 And let my servant Sidney Rigdon con secrate and dedicate this land, and the spot of  the temple, unto the Lord. And let a con ference meeting be called, and after that, let  my servant Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith,  jr. return, and also Oliver Cowdery with them,  to accomplish the residue of the work, which  I have appointed unto them in their own land;  and the residue as shall be ruled by the con ferences.
14 And let no man return from this land,  except he bear record by the way, of that [p. 199]
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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, 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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