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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

lation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead; as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies.
2 I wrote a few words of revelation to you concerning a recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify. That is, it was declared in my former letter that there should be a recorder, who should be eye-witness, and also to hear with his ears, that he might make a record of a truth before the Lord.
3 Now, in relation to this matter, it would be very difficult for one recorder to be present at all times, and to do all the business. To obviate this difficulty, there can be a recorder appointed in each ward of the city, who is well qualified for taking accurate minutes; and let him be very particular and precise in taking the whole proceedings: certifying in his record that he saw with his eyes, and heard with his ears; giving the date, and names, &c., and the history of the whole transaction; naming also, some three individuals that are present, if there be any present, who can at any time when called upon, certify to the same, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
4 Then let there be a general recorder, to whom these other records can be handed, being attended with certificates over their own signatures; certifying that the record which [p. 421]
lation to many subjects, I now resume the  subject of the baptism for the dead; as that  subject seems to occupy my mind, and press  itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I  have been pursued by my enemies.
2 I wrote a few words of revelation to you  concerning a recorder. I have had a few ad ditional views in relation to this matter, which  I now certify. That is, it was declared in my  former letter that there should be a recorder,  who should be eye-witness, and also to hear  with his ears, that he might make a record of  a truth before the Lord.
3 Now, in relation to this matter, it would  be very difficult for one recorder to be present  at all times, and to do all the business. To  obviate this difficulty, there can be a record er appointed in each ward of the city, who is  well qualified for taking accurate minutes;  and let him be very particular and precise in  taking the whole proceedings: certifying in  his record that he saw with his eyes, and  heard with his ears; giving the date, and  names, &c., and the history of the whole  transaction; naming also, some three individu als that are present, if there be any present,  who can at any time when called upon, certi fy to the same, that in the mouth of two or  three witnesses every word may be estab lished.
4 Then let there be a general recorder, to  whom these other records can be handed, be ing attended with certificates over their own  signatures; certifying that the record which [p. 421]
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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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