Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

for those families which have been comman ded to come to this land, as soon as possible,  and plant them in their inheritance. And un to the residue of both elders and members,  further directions shall be given hereafter:— even so: Amen.

Revelation, 11 November 1831–A [D&C 69]

Revelation given November, 1831.
1 Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your  God, for my servant Oliver Cowdery’s sake,  it is not wisdom in me that he should be en trusted with the commandments and the mon eys which he shall carry unto the land of Zi on, except one go with him who will be true  and faithful: wherefore I the Lord willeth  that my servant John Whitmer, should go  with my servant Oliver Cowdery. And also  that he shall continue in writing and making a  history of all the important things which he  shall observe and know, concerning my church,  and also that he receive counsel and assis tance from my servant Oliver Cowdery, and  others.
2 And also, my servants who are abroad in  the earth, should send forth the accounts of  their stewardships to the land of Zion; for  the land of Zion shall be a seat and a place to  receive and do all these things; nevertheless,  let my servant John Whitmer travel many  times from place to place, and from church to  church, that he may the more easily obtain  knowledge: preaching and expounding, wri [p. 227]
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.