Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

Revelation, April 1830–A, B, C, D, E [D&C 23]

1 Behold I speak unto you, Oliver, a few  words. Behold thou art blessed, and art un der no condemnation. But beware of pride,  lest thou shouldst enter into temptation. Make  known thy calling unto the church, and also  before the world; and thy heart shall be  opened to preach the truth from henceforth  and forever: Amen.
2 Behold I speak unto you, Hyrum, a few  words: for thou also art under no condemna tion, and thy heart is opened, and thy tongue  loosed; and thy calling is to exhortation, and  to strengthen the church continually. Where fore thy duty is unto the church forever; and  this because of thy family: Amen.
3 Behold I speak a few words unto you,  Samuel: for thou also art under no condemna tion, and thy calling is to exhortation, and to  strengthen the church. And thou art not as  yet called to preach before the world: Amen.
4 Behold I speak a few words unto you,  Joseph [Smith Sr.]: for thou also art under no condemna tion, and thy calling also is to exhortation, and  to strengthen the church. And this is thy du ty from henceforth and forever: Amen.
5 Behold I manifest unto you, Joseph  Knight, by these words, that you must take  up your cross, in the which you must pray vo cally before the world, as well as in secret, and [p. 264]
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.