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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

2 And now verily I say unto you, concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all these things whatsoever I command them, and that law of the land, which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom, in maintaining rights and privileges belongs to all mankind and is justifiable before me: therefore I the Lord justifieth you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land: and as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than these, cometh of evil. I the Lord God maketh you free: therefore ye are free indeed: and the law also maketh you free: nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn: wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought for, diligently, and good men and wise men, ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these, cometh of evil.
3 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God: for he will give unto the faithful, line upon line, precept upon precept: and I will try you, and prove you herewith: and whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again; even life eternal: therefore be not afraid of your enemies; for I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you in all things, whether you will abide in my covenant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy; for if ye will not abide in my covenant, ye are not worthy of me: therefore [p. 334]
2 And now verily I say unto you, concern[ing]  the laws of the land, it is my will that my peo ple should observe to do all these things what soever I command them, and that law of the  land, which is constitutional, supporting that  principle of freedom, in maintaining rights  and privileges belongs to all mankind and is  justifiable before me: therefore I the Lord jus tifieth you, and your brethren of my church,  in befriending that law which is the constitu tional law of the land: and as pertaining to  law of man, whatsoever is more or less than  these, cometh of evil. I the Lord God maketh  you free: therefore ye are free indeed: and the  law also maketh you free: nevertheless when  the wicked rule the people mourn: wherefore  honest men and wise men should be sought for,  diligently, and good men and wise men, ye  should observe to uphold; otherwise whatso ever is less than these, cometh of evil.
3 And I give unto you a commandment,  that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto  all good, that ye shall live by every word which  proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God: for  he will give unto the faithful, line upon line,  precept upon precept: and I will try you, and  prove you herewith: and whoso layeth down  his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall  find it again; even life eternal: therefore be not  afraid of your enemies; for I have decreed in  my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you  in all things, whether you will abide in my  covenant, even unto death, that you may be  found worthy; for if ye will not abide in my  covenant, ye are not worthy of me: therefore [p. 334]
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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

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, 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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