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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

obey their parents; and to influence them to  embrace any religious faith, or be baptised, or  leave their parents without their consent, is  unlawful and unjust. We believe that hus bands, parents and masters who exercise con trol over their wives, children, and servants  and prevent them from embracing the truth,  will have to answer for that sin.
 

Declaration of Belief, circa August 1835 [D&C 134]

SECTION CX.
 
OF GOVERNMENTS AND LAWS IN  GENERAL.
 
That our belief, with regard to earthly gov ernments and laws in general may not be  misinterpreted nor misunderstood, we have  thought proper to present, at the close of this  volume, our opinion concerning the same.
1 We believe that governments were in stituted of God for the benefit of man, and  that he holds men accountable for their acts  in relation to them, either in making laws or  administering them, for the good and safety  of society.
2 We believe that no government can ex ist, in peace, except such laws are framed and  held inviolate as will secure to each individ ual the free exercise of conscience, the right  and control of property and the protection of  life.
3 We believe that all governments neces sarily require civil officers and magistrates18

TEXT: The “r” is upside-down.  

 
to  enforce the laws of the same, and that such  as will administer the law in equity and jus [p. 440]
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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, 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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