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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

and it is his privilege to be assisted by two other presidents, appointed after the same manner that he himself was appointed; and in case of the absence of one or both of those who are appointed to assist him, he has power to preside over the council without an assistant: and in case that he himself is absent, the other presidents have power to preside in his stead, both or either of them.
7 Whenever an high council of the church of Christ is regularly organized, according to the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of the twelve councillors to cast lots by numbers, and thereby ascertain who, of the twelve, shall speak first, commencing with number 1; and so in succession to number 12.
8 Whenever this council convenes to act upon any case, the twelve councillors shall consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if it is not, two only of the councillors shall speak upon it, according to the form above written. But if it is thought to be difficult, four shall be appointed; and if more difficult, six: but in no case shall more than six be appointed to speak. The accused, in all cases, has a right to one half of the council, to prevent insult or injustice; and the councillors appointed to speak before the council, are to present the case, after the evidence is examined, in its true light, before the council; and every man is to speak according to equity and justice.— Those councillors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals [p. 125]
and it is his privilege to be assisted by two  other presidents, appointed after the same  manner that he himself was appointed; and in  case of the absence of one or both of those  who are appointed to assist him, he has power  to preside over the council without an assist ant: and in case that he himself is absent, the  other presidents have power to preside in his  stead, both or either of them.
7 Whenever an high council of the church  of Christ is regularly organized, according to  the foregoing pattern, it shall be the duty of  the twelve councillors to cast lots by num bers, and thereby ascertain who, of the twelve,  shall speak first, commencing with number 1;  and so in succession to number 12.
8 Whenever this council convenes to act  upon any case, the twelve councillors shall  consider whether it is a difficult one or not; if  it is not, two only of the councillors shall speak  upon it, according to the form above written.  But if it is thought to be difficult, four shall  be appointed; and if more difficult, six: but in  no case shall more than six be appointed to  speak. The accused, in all cases, has a right  to one half of the council, to prevent insult or  injustice; and the councillors appointed to  speak before the council, are to present the  case, after the evidence is examined, in its  true light, before the council; and every man  is to speak according to equity and justice.—  Those councillors who draw even numbers,  that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals [p. 125]
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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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