Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

walk in the paths of virtue before me, I will  preserve thy life, and thou shalt receive an in heritance in Zion. Behold thy sins are for given thee, and thou art an elect lady, whom  I have called. Murmur not because of the  things which thou hast not seen, for they are  withheld from thee, and from the world, which  is wisdom in me in a time to come.
2 And the office of thy calling shall be for  a comfort unto my servant Joseph Smith, jr.  thy husband, in his afflictions with consoling  words, in the spirit of meekness. And thou  shalt go with him at the time of his going, and  be unto him for a scribe, while there is no one  to be a scribe for him, that I may send my  servant Oliver Cowdery, whithersoever I will.  And thou shalt be ordained under his hand to  expound scriptures, and to exhort the church,  according as it shall be given thee by my Spir it: for he shall lay his hands upon thee, and  thou shalt receive the Holy Ghost, and thy  time shall be given to writing, and to learning  much. And thou needest not fear, for thy hus band shall support thee in the church: for unto  them is his calling, that all things might be re vealed unto them, whatsoever I will, according  to their faith.
3 And verily I say unto thee, that thou shalt  lay aside the things of this world, and seek for  the things of a better. And it shall be given  thee, also, to make a selection of sacred Hymns,  as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing un to me, to be had in my church: for my soul de lighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song  of the righteous is a prayer unto me. And it [p. 268]
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.