Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

over you, according to the laws and constitu tion of the people which I have suffered to be  established, and should be maintained for the  rights and protection of all flesh, according to  just and holy principles, that every man may  act in doctrine, and principle pertaining to  futurity, according to the moral agency which  I have given unto them, that every man may  be accountable12

TEXT: The “n” is printed upside down.  

for his own sins in the day of  judgment. Therefore, it is not right that any  man should be in bondage one to another.—  And for this purpose have I established the  Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise  men whom I raised up unto this very purpose,  and redeemed the land by the shedding of  blood.
11 Now, unto what shall I liken the chil dren of Zion? I will liken them unto the para ble of the woman and the unjust judge, (for  men ought always to pray and not to faint,)  which saith, There was in a city a judge  which feared not God, neither regarded man.  And there was a widow in that city, and she  came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine  adversary. And he would not for a while,  but afterward he said within himself, Though  I fear not God, nor regard man, yet because  this widow troubleth me I will avenge her,  lest by her continual coming, she weary me.  Thus will I liken the children of Zion.
12 Let them importune at the feet of the  judge; and if he heed them not, let them im portune at the feet of the governor; and if  the governor heed them not, let them impor [p. 373]
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.