Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

terror: human laws being instituted for the  express purpose of regulating our interests as  individuals and nations, between man and  man, and divine laws, given of heaven, pre scribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith  and worship, both to be answered by man to  his Maker.
7 We believe that rulers, states, and gov ernments have a right, and are bound to  enact laws for the protection of all citizens in  the free exercise of their religious belief; but  we do not believe that they have a right, in  justice, to deprive citizens of this privilege, or  proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a  regard and reverence is shown to the laws,  and such religious opinions do not justify se dition nor conspiracy.
8 We believe that the commission of crime  should be punished according to the nature of  the offence: that murder, treason, robbery,  theft and the breach of the general peace, in  all respects, should be punished according to  their criminality and their tendency to evil  among men, by the laws of that government  in which the offence is committed: and for  the public peace and tranquility, all men  should step forward and use their ability in  bringing offenders, against good laws, to pun ishment.
9 We do not believe it just to mingle reli gious influence with civil government, where by one religious society is fostered and anoth er proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and  the individual rights of its members, as citi zens, denied. [p. 442]
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.