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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

lives of men: such interference we believe to  be unlawful and unjust, and dangerous to the  peace of every government allowing human  beings to be held in servitude.
 

Account of the Martyrdom, circa July 1844 [D&C 135]

SECTION CXI.
 
Martyrdom of Joseph Smith and his Brother  Hyrum [Smith].
 
1 To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of  Mormon, we close with the martyrdom of Joseph Smith  the prophet and Hyrum Smith the patriarch. They were  shot in Carthage jail on the 27th of June, 1844, about 5  o’clock P. M., by an armed mob, painted black—of from  150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calm ly exclaiming “I am a dead man!” Joseph leaped from  the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaim ing “O Lord my God!”—They were both shot after they  were dead in a brutal manner, and both received four balls.
2  John Taylor and Williard [Willard] Richards, two of the  Twelve, were the only persons in the room at the time; the  former was wounded in a savage manner with four balls,  but has since recovered: the latter, through the promises  of God escaped “without even a hole in his robe.”
3  Joseph Smith, the prophet and seer of the Lord, has  done more, (save Jesus only,) for the salvation of men in  this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In  the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the  Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and  power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on  two continents: has sent the fulness of the everlasting  gospel which it contained, to the four quarters of the  earth; has brought forth the revelations and command ments which compose this book of Doctrine and Cove nants, and many other wise documents and instructions  for the benefit of the children of men: gathered many  thousands of the Latter-Day Saints: founded a great city:  and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived  great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his peo ple, and like most of the Lord’s annointed in ancient  times, has sealed his mission and works with his own  blood—and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were  not divided, and in death they were not seperated!
4 When Joseph went to Carthage to deliver himself up,  to the pretended requirements of the law, two or three  days previous to his assassination, he said: “I am going [p. 444]
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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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