Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51]

Revelation given May, 1831.
1 Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your  God, and I will speak unto my servant Ed ward Partridge, and give unto him directions:  for it must needs be that he receive directions  how to organize this people: for it must needs  be that they are organized according to my  laws, if otherwise they will be cut off: where fore let my servant Edward Partridge, and  those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well  pleased, appoint unto this people their portion,  every man equal according to their families,  according to their circumstances, and their  wants and needs; and let my servant Edward  Partridge, when he shall appoint a man his  portion, give unto him a writing that shall se cure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it,  even this right and this inheritance in the  church, until he transgresses and is not ac counted worthy by the voice of the church,  according to the laws and covenants of the  church, to belong to the church: and if he  shall transgress, and is not accounted worthy  to belong in the church, he shall not have  power to claim that portion which he has  consecrated unto the bishop for the poor and  the needy of my church: therefore, he shall  not retain the gift, but shall only have claim on  that portion that is deeded unto him. And  thus, all things shall be made sure according  to the laws of the land. [p. 218]
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.